The 80-year-old wheelchair-bound Michelle has long dreaded that her sons Simon and Kevin will eventually place her in a nursing institution. But her kids swore to her that they wouldn’t. They told her, “Mom, we would never do that to you.”
Sadly, such assurances were broken when her sons handed her some papers for a care facility two days before the innocent old woman’s 81st birthday. Thus, the ground beneath her feet abruptly collapsed.
The surprised elder woman turned to her son, “But Simon, why should I relocate there?”
“Kevin, are you also involved in this? You two both said you would never hurt me this way.
Her boys ignored her advice, nevertheless. Even though the house belonged to her late husband, who had left it to her in his will, she asked them to let her stay. Simon and Kevin, meanwhile, were deaf to their mother’s cries and were instead consumed by their materialistic demands.
Simon grinned, “Look, Mom.” You cannot remain here alone, even if we understand that this is your home. You are aware that we struggle to come see you every week. You’ll receive superior treatment at the nursing home because we’ve already made arrangements with them. We’ll come see you once a month.
“Come see me? I’m not a stranger. I’m your mother!” yelled poor Michelle.
She was discouraged. Her family had once been together beneath this roof, and she was plagued by those lovely memories as she peered about. Much to the surprise of her children, she gathered her belongings and prepared to move into the nursing home with a sad heart.
Michelle was sent to a nursing facility in Pittsburgh, some 30 miles away, two days later. She was heartbroken, and what made her situation much worse was the fact that Simon and Kevin intended to sell her cherished home in order to purchase new vehicles and jewelry for their spouses.
“You intend to market my home, right?” Michelle, who had tears in her eyes, enquired. “But when you asked me to sign the paperwork, you assured me that you would handle the situation.”
“Oh, Mom! Could you simply quit mentioning this house? Although we did promise to take care of it, we also need to deal with other matters. Okay, we’re selling it,” Kevin said with a grimace.
Michelle was already upset, but she was in much more distress when she realized her cherished home would soon be sold. She entered the retirement community and refused to turn around to see her sons. She was extremely hurt and thought her kids had abandoned her. But she had given them her all in raising them.
Brad Perkins, Simon’s 27-year-old son, returns home a week later. He came to New York City to start a job after graduating with a degree in design. He is delighted to be back with his family after being relocated to a regional branch in his hometown.
Brad realized his grandma wasn’t there for the family supper. He questioned his father and uncle where she was out of curiosity.
“You informed me that Grandma spent each Tuesday and Wednesday with us. But she’s not here today, I notice. Tuesday, correct? He queried. Where is she now?
Simon and Kevin were rather taken aback and silent. Brad hadn’t heard anything from them.
“Dad, what’s the matter? What’s going on, Uncle Kevin? Where is grandmother? Please wait while I call her.
Brad called Michelle’s number, but it was off.
“Weird. Grandma never switches her phone off. He said, “I’ll phone the landline,” but when he did, the line was already disconnected.
“Dad, Uncle Kevin What is happening? Should I go check or are you going to inform me?”
Simon’s inability to maintain his integrity caused him to tell his son Michelle’s whereabouts.
We had to leave her there because, according to what she stated, she didn’t want to be a burden to us.
“You abandoned Grandma in a care facility?” Brad burst. What cruelty and lack of sympathy you have! I’m really embarrassed for you! Given that it was the bequest that Grandpa left, Grandma would have never left that home.
Brad sped out of the house to meet Michelle in her car.
He saw Michelle in the nursing home and screamed, “Grandma, I’m very sorry about what happened to you!” I cannot leave you in this situation.”
Michelle sobbed when she saw her grandson, knowing he was innocent, but being unhappy and outraged about her children. Brad vowed to Michelle that he would soon make things right because he was so furious with his father and uncle.
“But how are you going to pull it off?” said the grandma. Your father and uncle have already sold the house because they are obstinate. Sweetheart, I’ve already accepted my fate. It is irrelevant. And I’m relieved that at least one person thinks well of me.”
Brad, though, was adamant. He consoled his grandma and then promptly went looking for the man who had purchased her home. After Brad offered to buy the house, Alfred Turne, the surprised new owner, screamed, “You want to buy this house back?!” For your knowledge, I paid $238,000 for it and spent $20,000 on improvements.
Brad was adamant that he would buy the house no matter what. He made Alfred a $300,000 bid for the house.
“300 000 $… For this home, I’ll give you $300,000 in cash. Just give it back, please. Thank you, Mr. Turner. Try to understand me,” he pleaded.
The transaction was finalized when Alfred concurred. All Brad needed to do now was organize the surprise.
Brad finally paid the whole sum and reclaimed his grandmother’s home more than two weeks later. Alfred had intended to rent it out and go to Denver, so he was fortunate to purchase it in time.
Brad requested his grandma to pack up later that evening when he visited her at the nursing home. The elderly woman was perplexed and had no idea where he was taking her. She secretly wished he wouldn’t take her to see his home or his boys. She had no desire to see them ever again.
Brad replied as he drove up the street to Michelle’s house, “You’ll find out, Grandma.”
“This road leads to my house,” she exclaimed. “But why are we going there? That house isn’t mine anymore.”
Brad remained silent and just smiled, eager to see his grandmother’s reaction later.
They arrived in front of Michelle’s home a little while later, and she immediately started crying. Brad assisted her into her wheelchair as she cast a startled glance towards her home.
As she approached her home, Michelle had the impression that she belonged in a bygone era. Brad picked her up and handed her the house keys and a message while she was wallowing in memories.
“What’s happening?” sobbed, Michelle. “Oh, dear… Is it actually conceivable? Have you bought this home? Are these my house’s keys? Oh my God… assure me that I’m not dreaming.”
When Michelle read the message, her anger became even more:
“Grandma, without the tremendous sacrifices you made to raise my father and uncle, I wouldn’t be here you now. Sadly, they were never able to be decent boys. However, I pledge to be a nice grandson and will do all effort to bring a smile to your face. Never once will I allow someone to take away your memories. All of this house is yours! I cherish you, Brad.”
Michelle hugged Brad and shed happy tears as she did so, feeling blessed to have a grandson like him. Brad was likewise overcome with emotion. She was the lone owner of the house, he informed her.
Grandma, I restored it to precisely how you left it, he said. “The images of Grandpa and your favorite indoor plants are precisely where you left them by your chair.”
The day was Michelle’s favorite of her life. She rushed around every nook and hole of her home, running her hands over the smooth walls while sobbing. Brad also moved in with her to make sure his dad and uncle stopped bothering his cherished grandma in the future.
Later, Simon and Kevin expressed sorrow to their mother, but their actions had caused her more hurt than good. Insisting that only time could bring about a resolution, Michelle refused to speak to them.
As for Brad, he cut ties with his father and uncle. He was determined to treat them like they had treated his poor grandmother and never forgave them. He even wanted to sue them, but gave up on that idea after Michelle told him not to, knowing that not having contact with them would hurt even more. In the end, he became a sort of protective barrier around his beloved grandmother until his last breath!