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Woman Returns Home for the First Time in Years and Does Not Find Her Old Parents in the House – Story of the Day

Roshanak Hannani
Mar 20, 2022
03:20 P.M.
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Christine moved from Tampa to Alaska after getting a great job, and so she could help her brother, Ronald, with her mother's hospital bills and her father in his old age. But she returned for a surprise visit to discover something terrible that changed her family forever.


"Ah, it's good to be back," Christine breathed when she arrived at Tampa after years of being away from her hometown and family. Unfortunately, their family was in a challenging situation, and she was forced to take a great-paying job, pick up her life, and move to Alaska to support everyone.

It was the right thing to do. Her parents had been extraordinary people who raised her and her brother, Ronald, with all the love and support in the world. But her mother got sick, had to quit her job, and her hospital bills were too much. Her father couldn't afford to support their lifestyle. Furthermore, Christine knew that he was getting too old for that stress.

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So she talked to Ronald, and they decided to help as much as possible. Finally, Christine got that fantastic opportunity and uprooted her life, leaving Ronald to handle things in Tampa. She sent him money every month, and he assured her everything was going fine.


"Please, calm down, Christine. A lot happened!" Ronald told her.

But after so many years without a break, Christine finally decided to take some vacation time and visit her family. It was a surprise, and she couldn't wait to see their faces.


"What are you doing here?" Ronald asked with a shocked expression after opening the door.

"What kind of greeting is that, Ron? SURPRISE!" Christine said, opening her arms and hugging him tightly, although Ronald was awkward. She spotted Ronald's wife, Hannah, in the living room, but she couldn't see her parents anywhere. "Where are Mom and Dad?"

"Ugh… listen, Christine… there's something you should know," Ronald began, scratching his head and pausing for far too long.

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"Oh, no. Is Mom at the hospital again? I can't believe it! Why didn't you tell me? Dad must be with her too, right? Take me to them immediately," she demanded, getting worried that Ronald had been keeping their health a secret to avoid worrying her.

"No, actually… it's just… well…," he continued but couldn't get the words out.

"For God's sake, Ronald. Just tell her!" his wife scoffed from her spot on the couch and crossed her arms. Christine looked back at her, frowning at her tone.

"What's going on?" Christine demanded once again.

"Fine!" Ronald snapped. "Christine, sit down."

She obeyed but crossed her arms too, not knowing why her brother was acting so weird.

"Mom died a few months ago. I didn't want to worry you, so I just didn't tell you," Ronald revealed, shocking Christine to her core.

"What?" she breathed in disbelief.

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"Well, she was old and sick. It was about time. I got so tired of caring for her," Hannah added. They were the most callous words Christine had ever heard.

"I don't understand. Where's Dad then?" Christine continued, not knowing what to ask or how to feel in her confusion.

"He's in a nursing home," Ronald expressed.

"WHAT?" Christine yelled, abruptly getting up from her spot and looking at her brother with anger. "YOU PUT OUR FATHER IN A NURSING HOME?"

"Please, calm down, Christine. A lot happened!" Ronald told her with his hands up in a defensive pose.

"Tell me everything NOW!" Christine insisted.

But she could have never imagined what her brother did. Her mother died, and Ronald placed their father in a nursing home almost immediately, so he and his wife could move into the house. "Ronald, this is almost criminal!" she cried.

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"No, you live in Alaska, and this house is way too big for someone to live alone," he argued.

"What about the money I sent all this time? Where was it going?" Christine questioned, still yelling at her brother.

"Well…" he hedged, scratching his head in nervousness once again.

"We deserved it because we looked after your parents all this time," Hannah chimed in with her disdainful tone and attitude.

Christine had enough. She was done with her brother and didn't want anything to do with him again. She just burst out of the house and ran toward the nursing home. Her father was physically fine, but he looked extremely depressed. That's when she made a serious decision. She was taking him with her to Alaska.

She arranged everything with the nursing home, got him out, and got plane tickets for the following day. They visited her mother's grave with some flowers, said goodbye, and left Tampa. From Alaska, she hired a lawyer to sue her brother for lying and taking her money for something other than caring for her parents.


She won, and he was forced out of the house because it still belonged to Christine's father. She sold it, placed the money in a bank account so her father could access it and live comfortably from then on.

Her family felt broken without her brother, but she could never forgive him. She didn't know what happened to him after selling the house and didn't care.

What can we learn from this story?

  • There are some things you simply can't forgive. Christine couldn't forgive how her brother had deceived her and used her money.
  • You have to take care of your elderly parents. If you had loving parents, the right thing to do is care for them in any way possible in their old age, not take advantage of them for your own gain.

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