Just when Bernardo was feeling grateful for having married such a wonderful wife and had two adorable daughters, fate dealt him a painful blow.
The 41-year-old, who had been married to Sarah for 9 years, ended up raising his twin daughters, Karla and Cristina, alone.
Sarah confessed that she had been having a relationship with another man for a long time and abandoned Bernardo and her daughters. But that was not all. She also revealed that the twins were not his daughters.
“Is your lover the father of the girls? How could you do this to me, Sarah? Tell me the truth,” Bernardo demanded, and the woman’s response tore him apart.
She admitted that Karla and Cristina were not the daughters of her current lover. She told him that they were the fruit of her relationship with another man with whom she had had an affair two years after marrying him.
When Bernardo asked her why she had been unfaithful, she said:
“Because you make a living scavenging in dumpsters and I’m ashamed to say you’re my husband. I want a life full of riches that you can’t afford.”
The man was devastated. He had thought he had a perfect life with Sarah, but it took him nine long years to realize that his wife, whom he adored and loved, was not pleased with him.
Bernardo could never see his daughters the same way again, but at the same time he knew he couldn’t live without them.
“Are you taking the girls with you?” he asked Sarah the day they divorced.
“Why would I take the girls with me when I’m going to marry someone else? You can raise them if you want because their biological father died years ago,” she said without hesitation. Then she left and Bernardo never saw her again.
The man could not accept the truth that his wife was gone, but he pulled himself together to raise his daughters. He felt that this was what fate wanted him to do.
He fought against all odds to make his daughters happy. He thought they were his world, and little did he know that soon there would be a new addition to his family.
One day, Bernardo found an abandoned baby crying near one of the dumpsters he collected from. “A baby?” he exclaimed. So he approached the little one.
He looked around and saw that no one was there. He bent down and checked the baby carrier and found a note that read:
“To whoever finds this blind baby, please take care of him.”
The man was startled.
“How could anyone do this to a baby?”.
He picked up the little one and cradled him. The newborn was crying and moved his tender hands to feel the person holding him. He was kicking and screaming.
Bernardo calmed the child and took him home to give him some warm milk before calling child services.
“I found him next to a dumpster,” he told authorities.
Later, the baby was taken to the hospital and was confirmed blind. Bernardo’s heart went out to the helpless child and he decided to adopt him.
“If I can raise two daughters by myself, I can certainly raise him too,” he thought.
Six months later, Bernardo legally adopted the baby and took him home.
“This is your new baby brother, Sam, how about him!” he introduced the baby to his daughters.
The man was initially skeptical about the challenges the little boy would face. He knew that Sam would need special care and attention because of his blindness, so he did everything he could to make the child feel loved.
Seven years had passed when Bernardo discovered that the little boy had a special interest.
“Then the princess escaped from the tower…”. The man read bedtime stories to Sam and imagined the beautiful princess trapped in a huge tower and the handsome prince meeting her secretly every night.
Sam loved to listen to these bedtime stories and never went to sleep without having one read to him. On his seventh birthday, Bernardo gave the little boy a book.
“What’s this, Daddy?” the little boy asked. “It feels very strange to touch it.”
“It’s a Braille book. You have to feel the raised dots and follow them slowly with your fingers. They will help you read and learn,” Bernardo replied.
In the weeks that followed, the man patiently trained Sam to use the book. Every couple of months, Bernardo would buy a few Braille books for his son. They were expensive, so the man cut back on various expenses in order to purchase them.
Twenty years passed and by then Sam could read and write fluently. He decided to help the blind and opened a small publishing house. His father helped him with the essential equipment needed to get started, using money he had saved for his daughters’ weddings.
Over time, Sam’s business began to improve. His newfound success meant he could change his family’s living conditions and still be able to serve society.
After three years, Sam owned a large publishing house that specifically helped blind people read and write. His business was bringing in millions in revenue. He bought a huge mansion with his first million and moved in with his adoptive father and sisters.
Despite not being Bernardo’s biological son, Sam made him proud in every way possible. He knew he was adopted and used to say during interviews, “Parents are not the ones who give birth to us, but the ones who raise us.”
“My own parents didn’t want me. They saw me as a burden. I thank fate for helping me find a loving father who taught me to see the world through his eyes. Bernardo is my father and always will be. I am proud to be his son!”.