Aside from his handsome features, there was nothing admirable about Alvin. He was wealthy, but also greedy, selfish, and self-centered. Money and business were the only things that mattered to him in his life, and he would do anything for them.
One day Alvin was in a coffee shop when a waitress accidentally served him coffee. Alvin hated coffee. He was angry and wanted to yell at the waitress, but her friendly smile won out, and Alvin lost.
Instead of yelling, Alvin finally said, “Thank you,” to which she smiled and said:
“I’m sorry. I think this is the wrong table.”
Sarah changed Alvin. Even he couldn’t believe that a week after he met her, they were already together. Sarah had become Alvin’s life, which was soon to collapse….
“I’m sorry, Alvin, it’s over between us. Look, it’s not you, okay? It’s me… I’m ending this relationship because you deserve someone better,” Sarah said, hanging up the phone.
Alvin froze in his seat. He had never loved anyone the way he loved Sarah. What had made her break up with him so abruptly? They had only been together for three weeks.
That evening, Alvin drove to Sarah’s house, and as soon as she opened the door, he barged in.
“I’m not leaving until I get a proper explanation, Sarah!”
“Alvin!” she shouted, “get out of here! What are you up to?”
“What’s wrong with you, Sarah?” he asked angrily. “Tell me what’s wrong with you! It’s written all over your face! TELL ME, DAMN IT!”
“Please go, Alvin,” Sarah said through tears. “I don’t want to talk… please!”
“All right,” he said quietly. “I’ll figure it out myself.”
Alvin stormed into Sarah’s room in a huff and started throwing things around.
“What are you hiding? What don’t you want me to know?”
Right after Alvin lifted the garbage can in Sarah’s bedroom, a shock ran through him. A pregnancy test fell out of the trash can onto the floor and Alvin was shocked.
“Is that why you wanted to break up? Because you’re pregnant? The test is yours, isn’t it?” asked Alvin, and Sarah had every bit of sadness and fear in her eyes that confirmed it.
“I’m sorry…” she said softly. “I’m sorry… It’s my ex-boyfriend’s child, Alvin. You know you and I never slept together.”
“Oh, come here…” Alvin held her until she stopped crying.
“Are you worried about raising this child alone? Listen, Sarah, I love you, okay? We’ll raise the baby together.”
There was a brief moment of silence before Sarah spoke up.
“Can we please stay like this for a little while?” she asked and he nodded, “Okay…”
After a while she said:
“Are you sure about this, Alvin? I don’t want to make you do this…”
“More than sure. The baby is ours, Sarah. And yes, one more thing…”
“Let’s get married,” Alvin said, and Sarah’s eyes moistened again.
“Oh, are you… what about your parents, and…”
“I’m going to talk to them, okay? It’s going to be okay, baby… We’ll be fine,” Alvin assured her.
But his parents were outraged when they learned he was marrying a girl who wasn’t even close to meeting their standards and was pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s child!
“Girls like them come and go, Alvin!” his father said in a stern voice. “Can’t you see the greed in her eyes? She’s after the money, not you, you fool! Concentrate on your career. You’re too young! Marriage and love can wait!”
Alvin’s mother was not thrilled with Alvin’s decision either. She told him to end his relationship with Sarah and move on. But he was adamant. He told his parents he would adopt Sarah’s child and marry her, and he did.
Nine months later, as Alvin held Sarah’s baby in his arms, he couldn’t take his eyes off the little gift from God. Before he knew it, he was crying, and Sarah’s eyes watered as she watched them.
“He’s beautiful, sweetheart…” said Alvin as he held the baby in his arms. “Will I be a good father? Oh, he’s so little… What if I drop him?”
“You’re so stupid…” she said softly. “You won’t drop him, babe. He’s in his father’s arms. That’s where he’s safest right now.”
Through Sarah and the baby, Alvin became a very different man. He realized what true love meant and wanted to do what was best for his little family.
Eventually, Alvin adopted Sarah’s baby, and on the day the adoption was finalized, he and Sarah were married in an intimate church ceremony. Alvin had invited his parents to the occasion, but they didn’t come. Why should they? They were outraged by their son’s decision. They wanted him to focus on his career and marry a rich and respectable girl. Not someone like Sarah!
The next day, Alvin’s parents decided to consult with their lawyer.
“You’re going to be sorry, Alvin!” his father vowed. “You’re going to come crawling back on your tiptoes begging me for help!”
Alvin, on the other hand, had hoped that his parents would finally welcome Sarah and the baby with open arms. He had no idea that they were about to destroy his life.
On the evening of the day Alvin’s parents met with the lawyer, Alvin received a call from the lawyer.
“Alvin,” the lawyer said. “Your house … you have to vacate it. Your father changed his will, and you are no longer his heir…”
Alvin was shocked and confused.
“Mr. Darren, I don’t understand.”
“To put it simply, your father disinherited you. He also instructed me to inform you that his business, which you oversaw, was no longer yours. Someone else would be appointed in your place.”
Alvin couldn’t believe it. One phone call had ruined his life, and in the blink of an eye he was homeless and jobless. What was he supposed to do now? He had a family to support. What would Sarah think of him?
“Honey, we’re screwed! I’m sorry…” Alvin slumped on the couch and began to cry. He had never felt so helpless.
Sarah comforted him.
“We’ll get through this, Alvin. Don’t you worry about anything. We’ll get through this together…”
But not much changed for the couple. Months later, they were living in a small apartment and trying to make ends meet.
Everything Alvin had ever owned belonged to his parents. When all that was taken away from him, he broke down. Not because he no longer had their money, but because he couldn’t believe that his parents had abandoned him. This broke him inside. He felt like his parents hated him and couldn’t see him happy.
Sarah had tried to work things out between Alvin and his parents, but nothing worked. They called her mean names, kicked her out of the house when she visited to talk to them, and even went so far as to call her a “gold digger.”
But Sarah didn’t give up. She couldn’t give up because she knew how much Alvin was hurting. He had lost hope, but she had to be strong. So one day she sent something to Alvin’s mother, hoping it would change something.
When Beatrice saw Sarah’s message, she burst into tears. Something in her heart changed and she convinced Alvin’s father, Ronald, to forgive her son and embrace his family.
When Ronald saw Sarah’s message, he couldn’t argue otherwise.
Two days later, Alvin and Sarah were sitting at breakfast when Alvin’s parents visited them. Ronald hugged Alvin and Sarah, confusing Alvin. He hadn’t expected that. But he hugged his father back and cried like a child.
“I’m sorry, son,” Ronald said. “Forgive me. You, Sarah and our dear grandchild will come with us. We will live together as a family. I’m proud you didn’t give up on your family, son. I am so proud!”
“I – I love you, Father,” was all Alvin could say. “I love you more than my life, and I love Mom too…”
Later, when Alvin asked them how it had come to this and why they had forgiven him, Beatrice revealed the truth.
“Sarah is a gem, honey,” she said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better daughter-in-law. You may not know it, but she’s visited us several times to try to patch things up between us. Two days ago, she sent us some shots, and we couldn’t stop ourselves from seeing you…. We’re very sorry, honey…”
Sarah had sent videos of Alvin and Noah, one of which showed Alvin hugging Noah. She had also sent videos of the moments when Alvin spoke hopefully about his parents forgiving them.
“They may seem tough on the outside, Sarah,” he had said. “But on the inside, they’re very nice. I know they will accept us. They’ll love us one day…”
“We’re sorry, honey,” Beatrice said apologetically. “When we saw the moments when Alvin took care of Noah, we realized what we had lost in life…we were so busy with our business that we had to rely on nannies to raise Alvin. We never got to experience the joy of being there for our son. But Alvin is always there for Noah. He became a better father than we were and taught us that we were wrong. Let’s forget the past and start over…”
Sarah’s heartfelt message helped Alvin’s parents change their minds. They learned not only what it means to be there for their child, but also that money can never replace the love and warmth of a family. Sarah, an orphan with a hopeful heart, taught them that.