Ella grew up in foster care, and never really felt that she was part of a family. However, when she was in her mid-30s, her biological mother Katherine suddenly showed up in her life and tried to make amends.
Ella was used to being alone. She was abandoned by her mom at a young age because they lived in poverty, and she thought putting her daughter in foster care would give her a better life.
Unfortunately, she never felt connected to her foster family, and she felt like an outcast. So, when she was of age at 18, she decided to leave their home and cut off all contact with them.
She found herself relocating to Oklahoma, where she worked as a digital marketer. Although she was doing well for herself, she didn't have a lot of friends, except one of her co-workers named Andrea.
As she grew up thinking she wasn't good enough for her mother to keep her around, it was difficult for her to build relationships with other people. She was scared that like her mother, they would leave her, too.
Ella was alone all her life, which was the reason why she found it difficult to trust others. | Photo: Shutterstock
To try and solve her issues, she went to a therapist, who would always try and encourage her to go out and meet new people. However, due to the trauma that built up through the years, Ella was convinced that she was happy being alone.
Her resentment grew even stronger after she realized her foster family never really cared about her. Instead, they took her in alongside other foster children so they could receive more aid from the government. In the end, they never really fully adopted them.
One day, as Ella would shut down what her therapist would say, her therapist let her know that they weren't going to solve anything if she wasn't going to try and work on getting better. All she wanted was for Ella to realize she was young and still had her whole life ahead of her.
Ella would not listen to her therapist. | Photo: Pexels
After one of her therapy sessions, she got a phone call from a random number. "Hello? May I please speak to Ella Wilde?" a woman on the other line said.
"You're speaking to her. Who is this please?" Ella asked.
"Hi, Ella. I know you don't know me at all, and you might feel uncomfortable that I'm only contacting you now, but I'm Katherine, your birth mother," the woman revealed.
At that moment, Ella stopped dead in her tracks. Why now? she thought to herself.
"I would like to explain everything to you before it's too late. Can we meet up? We can meet at Candid Coffee tomorrow afternoon at 5 PM," she said.
Ella was hesitant, but she did want an explanation. "Okay..." she responded. At that, Katherine lit up and thanked her before saying goodbye.
That night, Ella couldn't sleep at all. She was okay not knowing her biological mother, but she really did want answers. So the next day, she showed up at the coffee shop at 5 PM. There she saw a woman who looked so much like her.
Ella couldn't believe that her mother contacted her after all those years. | Photo: Pexels
The older woman knew that it was Ella walking towards her, too. She stood up and smiled hesitantly. "Hi," Ella said, extending her hand for her mom to shake.
"Oh, Ella. You are such a beautiful woman. Thank you for making time," Katherine said, squeezing Ella's hand. Ella was shocked at how small and thin her mom's hand was. She was a petite woman who looked a little over 50.
When Katherine tried to make small talk, Ella cut her off. "I'm not here to make up for the lost time. I just wanted to hear what you wanted to say," she said.
Katherine nodded. "I understand. I'm sorry, Ella. I had you at 16. I just didn't have any money to be able to support you. I didn't want you to live a bad life just because I was your mother. I'm sorry," she explained.
"I left you with the Riveras, right down the block. I thought they were the kindest of all our neighbors, and I trusted they'd take good care of you," Katherine added.
Katherine was only 16 when she had Ella. | Photo: Pexels
"They were awful, too. I haven't talked to them since I was 18 when I moved out. I even changed my last name," Ella responded quietly.
"I'm sorry to hear that. I really did think I was doing the best thing at the time. How about you? Do you have a family now?" Katherine asked.
Ella was growing impatient. She didn't want to catch up with the woman who abandoned her as a child. "What do you want?" she suddenly asked.
"I just wanted to see you, at least once, before I passed. I have cancer, and I don't know how much time I have left," she explained.
"I'm sorry to hear that, but I really can't do anything about that," Ella shrugged.
Katherine agreed. "I know, sweetheart. No one can. The doctors aren't positive, and the treatments are too expensive–"
Ella thought her mother was asking for money to pay for her treatments. | Photo: Pexels
At that statement, Ella completely lost her cool. She thought her biological mother only reached out to her for money. "Wow, you met up with me because you need money for your treatments huh? Well look, lady, I don't have any money either. And how bold of you to ask ME for money after you abandoned me as a baby!" she said, standing up.
Katherine tried to explain herself, but Ella didn't let her. Instead, she left her with "don't you ever call me again," before walking out the door.
Although she was hesitant to meet her mom, a part of her was hopeful that they'd get to patch things up. I shouldn't have expected anything from someone who abandoned me, she thought as she walked home that day.
It hurt Katherine to know she wouldn't get to spend any more time with her daughter, but she respected Ella's wishes and never contacted her again. Ella only heard about Katherine again from a lawyer.
Katherine's lawyer asked to meet with Ella. | Photo: Pexels
A certain Attorney Hawthorne asked Ella to visit his office, where he read Katherine's last will and testament. The woman left her entire estate to Ella, which included two houses and a considerable amount of money.
"Katherine passed away already?" she asked, sadly. Although she didn't have it in her to contact Katherine, she didn't want her to die.
In her final letter to Ella, Katherine apologized again for having left her. She then narrated what she did in her life, studying finance in university before managing a large bank.
"I never wanted to get any money out of you. I just wanted to spend time with you before I died, but I guess I wasn't able to tell you that properly. I can never make up for the pain of abandoning you when you were younger, but I would like to leave you with my estate. I am sorry, Ella," Katherine wrote.
"It took me years to find you because as you mentioned, you changed your last name. I wish I could have found you sooner, that way we didn't have to meet on such bitter terms. I wish you all the best, Ella, and I truly wish I could have been a mother to you. Not a day went by that I didn't think of you. I am so sorry, and I will always watch over you," the letter ended at that.
Katherine made one last letter to Ella before she passed away. | Photo: Pexels
Ella promised herself she would never weep about her biological mother ever again. However, she couldn't help it as the tears fell. Although she was in pain for most of her childhood, she understood why her mother did what she had to do.
That day, Ella visited her mother's grave. She wept even more and said, "I longed for a mom for years, and it made me resent you. But now, I want you to rest easy knowing that I forgive you. I promise, I will no longer sulk, and I will do my best to find love and be happy," she said.
So, Ella decided to put her life on track. She went to her therapist and this time, she went with an open mind and an open heart. True enough, Ella started to thrive. She made more friends, she was a lot happier, and she adopted a cat, too.
Four years later, just a year before she turned 40, she met a great man at a party, and the two hit it off. Since then, she was never alone.
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