Mom with Baby Is Kicked Out of Home by Mother-In-Law, Sees Her Digging through Trash Years Later — Story of the Day
A controlling woman kicks her daughter-in-law out of the house with her newborn child, only to find herself in appalling conditions years later.
Abbie and Jonathan were married for three years when they welcomed their son, Timothy. They lived in Austin, Texas, with Jonathan's mother, Mrs. Norris, who wasn't the worst by all accounts but wasn't the best either.
Mrs. Norris's problem was that she wanted total control over everything, especially Jonathan's life. To her relief, she was always successful since Jonathan was a "mama's boy" who never went against her.
However, things began to change when Abbie came into Jonathan's life. He began to devote a significant percentage of his attention to her, making Mrs. Norris believe that Abbie was pulling him away from her.
Eventually, Abbie got the impression that Mrs. Norris despised her, so she advised Jonathan that they move out. But he politely declined, saying, "Oh darling, come on! You know how mom is! She may seem harsh on the outside, but she is soft on the inside. She adores you just as much as she adores me."
But Abbie knew that wasn't the case, and her worst fears proved true one day...
Mrs. Norris wasn't supportive of Abbie and Jonathan's relationship. | Source: Pexels
"GET THE HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE WITH THAT BABY!" Mrs. Norris yelled at Abbie as she and Jonathan returned from the hospital following Timothy's birth. She didn't even go to the hospital for Abbie's delivery because she despised her. And once Abbie was home, she already had a brilliant plan to get rid of her "pathetic" daughter-in-law.
"Mrs. Norris, what's the matter?" Abbie stared at her, bewildered. She didn't understand why the woman would say something like that to her.
"Good Lord! Mrs. Norris?" she whispered in disbelief on seeing her mother-in-law in such a terrible condition.
"What's the matter with me?" she retorted. "That boy is not my son's blood! He looks nothing like my son!" she lied, screaming at the top of her lungs.
"Mrs. Norris!" Abbie yelled back, teary-eyed. "How could you say such a thing? He's your grandson...Jonathan," she said, turning to her husband. "Why aren't you saying anything? You know he's—"
Before Abbie could finish, Mrs. Norris cut her off. "Stop bewitching my son with those crocodile tears of yours! You've already wrecked his life. Pack your things and get lost!" she repeated and grabbed Jonathan's arm, pulling him to her side.
Mrs. Norris ordered Abbie to leave the house. | Source: Pexels
"Jonathan…." Abbie looked at him with hopeful eyes, but he didn't utter a word. Instead, he stood by his mother's side and lowered his head in shame.
Abbie couldn't believe Jonathan didn't say anything to his mother, even if it meant losing his son! She realized whatever was happening to her was probably the worst thing she'd ever faced, but she reasoned it was probably for the best if she moved away from the toxicity. So she packed her belongings and left Mrs. Norris's home to live with her parents.
Several years went by and Abbie had raised Timothy on her own, giving him the finest of everything. Fortunately, she also healed from the pain of her toxic marriage with Jonathan and took the first step towards divorce and a happy life with her son as a single mother.
A few years after the divorce, she found love again when she crossed paths with a man named Edward at Timothy's school. He was a widower with a daughter, Caroline. He and Abbie fell in love and got married.
Abbie felt her life was complete after marrying Edward. She had a wonderful family, an excellent job, two beautiful children, and a devoted husband. She never thought about the horrific past again until something unexpected happened one day...
Abbie took a drastic step and became a single mom. | Source: Pexels
After dropping Caroline and Timothy off at school, Abbie was on her way to work when she noticed an elderly woman dumpster diving for food.
"Good Lord!" she sighed as she came to a halt and glanced at the woman. "What misery did she go through to have to eat from a dumpster?"
Abbie reached into her handbag for cash and got out of the car to offer it to the woman. But as she got closer, something about the woman's filthy clothes made her stop.
She recognized the woman's coat and immediately came to a halt in the middle of the street until a car blew its horn, interrupting her thoughts. When the homeless woman turned around to face her, Abbie's suspicions were confirmed.
"Good Lord! Mrs. Norris?" she whispered in disbelief on seeing her mother-in-law in such a terrible condition. "Mrs. Norris, what happened to you? What are you doing here?" she asked worriedly as she dashed over to her.
Mrs. Norris was looking through trash for food. | Source: Shutterstock
With tears in her eyes, the older woman stared at her. "Abbie? Forgive me for what I did, sweetheart," she pleaded, bursting into tears. "Please forgive me! I'm starving! I haven't eaten in days…." She fell at Abbie's feet and wouldn't stop crying.
Abbie never liked Mrs. Norris, but she wasn't so heartless that she would leave her like that on the streets. So she took a day off from work and accompanied the older woman to a restaurant.
As Mrs. Norris finished eating, Abbie gently asked, "Mrs. Norris, how did you end up like this? Where's Jonathan?"
"All I can say is I paid for my sins, sweetheart," she sighed, teary-eyed. "I lost everything I had. My Jonathan is no longer with me. He left me alone, and I was so miserable after that…."
Mrs. Norris wouldn't stop crying as she revealed that Jonathan was returning home from work one day when he was attacked and robbed by some hooligans. He tried to fight back, but he eventually succumbed to the injuries and died before reaching the hospital.
Jonathan's death left Mrs. Norris miserable. | Source: Pexels
After the terrible accident, Mrs. Norris almost lost her mind. Every night, she would sit for hours on her son's bed, clutching his things and crying. She didn't want to do anything or interact with anyone. She eventually gave up on life and began roaming the streets.
"I still have the house, but it's so empty without him. It comes back to bite me when I go back there. I don't want to be there. I want to run away from all the bad memories…All the bad things I did to you, oh, I regret them so much. Will you please forgive me? I beg of you!" she pleaded, trembling.
Seeing Mrs. Norris's dreadful situation, Abbie knew she had already had her fair share of suffering for her wrongdoings, so softening her heart for the older woman, she decided to let go of the past and forgive her.
"It's all right, Mrs. Norris," she said. "I don't have anything against you or Jonathan. In fact, I'm happy I went on with my life because I now have a beautiful husband and two wonderful children."
Mrs. Norris was surprised. "You remarried?"
Abbie was happy with her married life. | Source: Pexels
"Yes! And I am very happy with my life now," Abbie replied, smiling.
Mrs. Norris felt a tinge of jealousy, and she dropped her head in shame. But Abbie forgave her and decided to help her out, so Abbie started visiting her home and helping her around the house once in a while.
She also told Edward everything, and he was very sympathetic and supportive. Leaving the horrific past behind them, they now often invite Mrs. Norris to their home and spend time with her so that she does not feel alone.
What can we learn from this story?
- One day, everyone pays the price for their wrongdoings. Mrs. Norris ruined Abbie and Jonathan's relationship and paid the price for it when she found herself all alone.
- Good things always happen to good people. Though Abbie's divorce from Jonathan was devastating, it ultimately resulted in a much happier life for her and Timothy.
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