An elderly woman, forced to work as a cleaner long after retirement age, was shocked to find a huge amount of money in her bank account that she thought was empty.
What’s scarier than getting old alone and broke? Sixty-seven-year-old Lucy Martin has worked hard all her life as a mid-level management employee at a large corporation in the Midwest.
However, shortly before her retirement, Lucy and her colleagues discovered that money from the company’s retirement fund was missing. The specter of a miserable old age looms, and the dream of a comfortable retirement evaporates.
Lucy was forced to retire due to the dissolution of the company a few days before her 65th birthday. She had to take a job, any job, and at her age, all she got was a job as a cleaner at the local university.
Lucy works as a cleaner at a university | Source: Unsplash
Fortunately, Lucy wasn’t one to cry over spilled milk or complain about the unfairness of life. She was very proud of doing her job and doing it so well.
In the roughly three years that Lucy has worked as a janitor in college dorms, she’s become something of a casual novelty on campus.
The students knew that if they had a problem, and needed a shoulder to cry on, Lucy would be there. When she noticed that a new student was struggling to adjust, Lucy did everything to make him feel at home, bedridden for days.
Lucy loved children and often helped them | Source: Pixabay
Lucy arrived after school with a thermos of chicken soup and spoiled them all. She gave them hot tea and toast, brought them orange juice, and played the mother.
For many students, some of whom were away from home for the first time, Lucy was a godsend. Her smile and maternity teasing brought the shyness out of their isolation and calmed the anxiety.
Do not despair, because life may surprise you.
“Hi, Grandma Lucy,” Matthew Frost, one of the students who had just recovered, shouted. “Your chicken soup is a magic potion! Your kids are so lucky.”
To Matthew’s astonishment, Lucy’s eyes filled with tears, and her bright smile faded. “Oh, I only have one daughter, and she lives 2,000 miles from here in Arizona.”
Matthew was sick and Lucy brought him hot tea and chicken soup | Source: Pexel
“Hey !” Matthew said, confused and worried. “It’s Thanksgiving soon, so you’ll be with her soon, right?”
But Lucy seems uncomfortable with Matthew’s comment. She clapped her hand to her mouth and got out of the dormitory. She came back an hour later and her eyes were red and puffy. It was obvious she was crying.
“I’m sorry Lucy,” Matthew said. “Please tell me what was wrong. You were always there for me. Remember when I wanted to change classes and I was afraid to tell my father? Let me be your friend as you were mine.”
Lucy sat at the foot of Matthew’s bed and wept. “I’m so sorry,” she said when she calmed down a bit. “You see, I haven’t seen my daughter in over three years.”
Lucy told Matthew that she had not seen her daughter in years. | Source: Pexel
Lucy explained, “I can’t afford the trip, and she can’t afford it either. She has two children and her husband is unemployed.” “She needs help, and I can’t get it to her.”
Matthew grabbed Lucy’s hand as she explained how she lost all her savings and pension fund to a scam, and why she had to work so hard at her age.
Matthew said, “Do you remember what you said to me when I was at my lowest? Life will always surprise you, and every difficulty brings new strength. You believed it, and now it’s your turn…”
Lucy came out of Matthew’s room feeling strangely at ease, but when she left the dorm, she saw a sophomore sitting on the stairs crying, a wrinkled envelope in her hand.
“Liz!” Lucy asked him, and she immediately forgot her sorrows. “What is this, my love?”
Lucy saw Liz sitting on the stairs looking very sad | Source: Unsplash
“Oh, Grandma Lucy,” Liz cried. “I have to quit school. My scholarship only pays three quarters of my expenses and the bank refused to extend my student loan. My parents are in trouble so they can’t help me either…”
“Honey,” said Lucy, sitting next to Liz with an arm around her shoulder. “And you’re doing really well too! When will you need that money?”
“Not until September,” Liz said. “But I don’t see how I’m going to be able to get my hands on $15,000!”
“Okay,” Lucy said firmly. “Don’t cry anymore, Lizzie, girl! Wait! You’ll find something. Like I always say, life tends to surprise us!”
Matthew has a great idea | Source: Unsplash
Lucy was right, because Matthew Frost was now busy on his computer. He had a brilliant idea, and he was sure that his fellow students would be eager to help achieve the miracle…
When Lucy went to the ATM to withdraw her salary two months later, she was afraid for her life. His account balance was $364,563.
Lucy turns. It is not possible! She goes to the bank and asks the cashier to give her a bank statement. Here it is: $364,563.
“It is wrong!” Lucy told the teller. “I got it wrong. It’s not my money!”
“Mrs. Martin, the money was deposited into your account three days ago by Mr. Matthew Frost…” said the cashier. Lucy, upset, thanked the woman and ran out.
Lucy got a big surprise when she checked her bank account. | Source: Pixabay
I went to the dorm, but Matthew was in class so I waited for him. Here he is walking his arm around a beautiful girl! “Matthew!” Lucy cried. “What is happening ?”
Matthew approached Lucy with a big smile on his face. “I see you went to the bank…”
“But…but…” Lucy stammered. “Where did you get all this money from?”
Matthew winked at her. “It was magical!” He said. “We started a Go-Fund-Me page, and all the students at this university and their parents wanted to show their love for you. $363,000 in love. You can visit your daughter, Lucy, you can visit her. Help, you can move to Arizona to be with her.”
Lucy shared her miracle with Liz. | Source: Pexel
Lucy had tears in her eyes. She choked “You crazy kids!” “You’re crazy, crazy…” But even when I thanked Matthew, Lucy’s mind was working overtime.
Perhaps, perhaps, this wonderful magical blessing can help someone else! The next day, Lucy knocked on Liz’s bedroom door, with a check for $20,000 in her hand.
“That’s part of my miracle,” Lucy said to him. “Because you see, when life surprises you, you have to give back some of that love…”
What can we learn from this story?
- Do not despair, because life may surprise you. Lucy is shocked when her students raise money to help her retire and be with her daughter.
- Miracles must be shared. Miracles are a bit like chocolate ice cream: they’re always better when shared, as Lucy did with Liz.
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