A rich little boy decided to donate his most-prized possession to a foster family with seven kids, only to find boxes on his doorstep a day later.
Stuart was a 12-year-old boy who had everything he could possibly need and want. Although his parents were busy working most of the time, they made sure to pay Stuart enough attention by checking on him constantly and eating dinner with him.
Stuart's parents had no problems with him, except that he would be playing video games on his computer or game console the entire afternoon instead of doing his homework.
Stuart neglected his school work because of his video games. | Source: Pexels
One day, when his mom came home before dinner, she saw that he was playing games instead of attending to his homework due the next day.
"Stuart, I've warned you so many times!" she said, exhausted from having to repeat herself constantly. "We buy you all these games and gadgets because we know they make you happy, but all I ask in return is for you to prioritize school! Not only have you not done your homework, but I can see that your grades are slipping. What is happening?" She sighed.
That night over dinner, Stuart's mom informed his dad that Stuart was slowly becoming an irresponsible student. This disappointed his dad, who believed education was the key to success.
Stuart's parents were disappointed in him for prioritizing play over school. | Source: Pexels
For a couple of days, Stuart received cold treatment from his parents. They would usually talk to each other over dinner, but this time, they were out to teach him a lesson by staying silent.
It was only when he started missing his parents did he realize he was wrong. He promised himself that he would be a better son, especially since he was lucky to have such understanding and generous parents.
The next day at school, his classmates discussed a new game that everyone had already played, except for two boys in class. When asked about the game, they admitted they didn't know how to play it because they did not own a game console.
Stuart's classmates spoke about a new game that everybody was playing. | Source: Pexels
The two boys were part of a large family with seven adopted children. "We only share a computer with our dad," one of the boys said. "Our parents work hard to keep us in school and to feed us, so we don't have any extras for toys and games," he explained.
Although Stuart was not a part of the conversation, he overheard what his classmates said. Instead of making fun of them as the rest of his classmates did, he felt terrible for them and started to think about how to help them.
The following day, when Stuart's mom came to check on his room after he left for school, she noticed that his computer and game console was missing. When Stuart came home that day, she decided to ask where he kept it.
Stuart's game console was not in his room, so his mother wondered where it went. | Source: Pexels
"I'm sorry I didn't tell you, mom," Stuart quickly apologized, thinking his mom would be angry. "I have two classmates who come from a family with seven adopted children. They don't have much, so I decided to give them my computer and console so they could play and have fun like everybody else," he revealed.
Stuart's mom was shocked, but not for the reason Stuart was expecting. She immediately hugged him and gushed, "I can't believe you gave them something that meant so much to you. I am really proud of you, honey."
The following day, Stuart came home from school and saw several boxes on the doorstep. There was a note attached to it saying, "In return for your kindness. Thank you, Stuart!" It was signed by the two classmates he gave his console to.
Stuart saw several boxes by the door when he got home from school. | Source: Pexels
Stuart excitedly took a peek inside one of the boxes and saw several storybooks inside. This reminded him that he had spent so much time on his computer that he hadn't opened a storybook in ages! A new kind of excitement rushed through him as he opened each box and discovered more books, books he suddenly looked forward to reading.
Since that day, Stuart began reading at least one book a day. This made him a more diligent student and taught him the importance of reading and less screen time.
Stuart became good friends with his two classmates and started visiting each other's houses. His parents eventually bought him a new computer and game console, but he would play it in moderation because he now enjoyed reading more than video games.
He and his classmates would play games together and discuss the books they already read. His parents were delighted with how their son grew up so quickly, and they started to trust him more to do his homework and other responsibilities at his own pace.
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