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Mom Saves $120K All Her Life for Son’s Education, Boy Discovers It Missing after Her Death – Story of the Day

Sonali Bharadwaj
Aug 04, 2022
03:20 P.M.
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After his mother's death, a boy learns her life savings worth $120,000 is missing and has no idea where it went until he checks his father's phone one day.

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There's nothing in the world quite like a mother's love. Whether looking after our needs or standing by our side in tough times, we always find her there, don't we?

Not to mention, our moms already know even when we don't say what we're thinking out loud, and they always do their best for us. Well, that's the reason why we're sharing this story with you today.

40-year-old Jade Wright was everything we've mentioned above and much more. She was a workaholic employee by day and a busy housewife by night, juggling housework and her job like a pro while maintaining her role as the family's breadwinner.

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Jade's husband, Arthur, used to work in a factory, but after he suffered a leg injury, he was confined to a wheelchair and couldn't work. Because they needed to provide for their son, Caleb, and give him a good life, Jade suggested Arthur take whatever job that came his way, but he refused.

"I am a proud man! If they give me a low-paying job because I'm disabled, I WILL NEVER DO IT! I don't want to work in a wheelchair!" he said.

Jade didn't know what to say after that. She accepted her fate as it was, and she began looking for jobs. After months of trying, she found one as a secretary of the owner of a small IT company, and she started putting money aside from her monthly salary to fund Caleb's future education.

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It wasn't easy for Jade to save the money, as she had to cut down on all her needs. She rarely bought anything for herself and spent just the right amount that would help them get by. They lived a modest life, but Jade made sure that after her son graduated high school, he would not fall short of funds for college.

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"You see, Caleb," she told her son one day. "Mom and dad can't give you a lavish life, but we will support your education so you can have a good life in the future. That's a promise, well, at least from my side."

Several years went by, and Jade's fund continued to grow. At the end of 11 years, it grew to $120,000, and by that time, Caleb was just months away from graduating high school.

"What rubbish! I told you I've never been married!"

Jade was looking forward to seeing her son enroll in the university of his choice, but fate had other plans. She got into a terrible crash one night on her way home and died before she could make it to the hospital. Both Caleb and Arthur made preparations for her funeral and bid her goodbye.

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Losing her mom was a severe blow to Caleb, and he promised her in his prayers that he would make her proud! So after Caleb graduated high school, he gave it his all and made it to a good university!

"I did it, mom! I did it!" he cried when he checked the results.

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That day, Caleb decided to check Jade's fund as he needed money to pay for his tuition. Everyone in their family knew that Jade stored all her money in her cabinet drawer rather than in a bank, so he knew where to look.

"Dad! Can I—"

When Caleb opened the bedroom door, he saw his dad wasn't home. After Jade's death, Arthur spent less time at home, and sometimes he disappeared to his friends' houses for several days in a row. Since he was still in a wheelchair, his friends often picked him up. Caleb never interfered with Arthur's life after Jade died, believing his father deserved time and space to grieve.

Caleb decided to check the funds in his dad's absence and inform him later, but when he looked inside the drawer, there was nothing there! It was empty! "Where did all the money go? I'm sure mom kept it here!"

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Panicking, Caleb checked the entire cabinet and every nook and cranny of his parents' room, but he couldn't find the money. He figured Arthur must have kept it somewhere else, so he waited for him to return home.

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"But I don't know where the money is, Caleb!" his dad said. "Are you sure it's not there?"

"No, dad! It's not!" Caleb cried.

"I'll check with the bank then. Maybe your mother deposited the money without telling us," he said and left for his room.

Caleb felt something odd, but he couldn't put his finger on it. "Why is dad so calm when the money is missing?" he wondered.

The next day, while Arthur was in the bathroom, Caleb decided to check his phone. Luckily, Arthur's phone didn't have a lock, so Caleb opened it in one go. He started checking his father's emails but didn't find anything significant there. Then he checked his texts and the truth revealed itself there, shocking Caleb.

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His father had a second family! He had another daughter and a girlfriend, which is why he sometimes disappeared from home! In the messages, he lied to the woman named Linda, saying he worked in another state and couldn't spend time with her. And he had deposited Jade's savings in Linda's account!

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Caleb quickly took screenshots of all the messages and sent them to his number. Luckily, Linda's address was in one of the messages and he decided to see her and get HIS money back!

***

"Yes, how may I help you?" Linda asked when she opened the door.

"How does it feel to have $120,000 in your account, Miss Linda? I must say, your boyfriend is doing an excellent job!" He showed his phone to Linda and told her everything, including how Jade had saved the money for him.

"Arthur is your father? I didn't know he had another family!" she cried. "And I didn't know your mother saved that money!"

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"Stop pretending! I am no fool, okay?"

"Caleb, I swear! Listen, your father is supposed to meet me next week…." Linda invited Caleb over the following week, on the day Arthur was supposed to visit her house, and told him she'd set up a hidden surveillance camera to catch him. Caleb didn't want to believe her, but something in his heart told him he should.

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"But if I find out you guys were in this together, I'll report you to the cops!" he warned her.

"Trust me! I am not lying!" Linda said firmly.

The following week, when Arthur visited Linda, she told him she wanted a divorce because he had kept her in the dark and stolen his son's money!

"What rubbish! I told you I've never been married!" He began to fabricate a story, but his true colors were revealed when Caleb appeared in front of him.

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Caleb called the cops and submitted the evidence to them. Not only was Arthur apprehended and taken into police custody, but he lost his son forever.

On the other hand, Caleb apologized to Linda, and he started trusting her. With time, Linda and her daughter, Hailey, became his family and Linda officially adopted Caleb.

Arthur, on the other hand, ended up on the streets after Caleb kicked him out of the house. Thankfully, Jade being the breadwinner paid off as the house was in her name, and she had transferred it to Caleb in her will.

Karma hits hard, and Arthur knows this well after he learned his lesson the hard way.

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What can we learn from this story?

  • There's nothing in the world quite like a mother's love. To ensure Caleb got the best education, Jade sacrificed all her needs and saved every penny she could. Meanwhile, his second mother, Linda, saved him from his terrible father.
  • Family doesn't always mean blood. While Arthur only thought about himself and stole the money Jade had saved, Linda helped Caleb expose Arhtur's fraud. And she became a mother to him later on after adopting him.

If you enjoyed this story, you might like this one about an impoverished mother of two who received $200K from an unknown man on Mother's Day.

This piece is inspired by stories from the everyday lives of our readers and written by a professional writer. Any resemblance to actual names or locations is purely coincidental. All images are for illustration purposes only. Share your story with us; maybe it will change someone's life. If you would like to share your story, please send it to info@amomama.com.

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