In today’s jaded world, a little bit of kindness goes a long way for those who need it the most. To others, it is just a small, insignificant act they could forget afterwards – saying a compliment, offering help, or perhaps, defending the weak. But for the ones who experienced such kindness, it could change their lives for the better. Just like the story between a tycoon and a maid’s son.
There was a young mother who had a four-year old son and worked as a maid for one business magnate. Every day, she had to leave early morning and worked until late at night. The tycoon noticed her difficult situation, offering a room at the mansion so she could live with her son. The maid gently refused the offer, saying, “Thank you sir but you do not have to do that. I am afraid I will be an inconvenience to you and your family.”
Of course, the reason behind the maid’s refusal was for fear that her young son would notice the significant gap between their current living conditions and the businessman’s family. Moreover, his self-esteem might be affected once he knew his mother’s job.
One day, the tycoon planned to throw a large party for his friends and business partners alike. He invited the maid’s son, but she declined his offer. The young mother only wanted to bring her son so she could help out in serving guests at the party.
On the fateful day of the fete, the maid brought her son to the mansion, in awe of the place’s magnificence. But she whisked him away to a grand, unused bathroom, giving the little boy a plate full of sausage rolls to eat. To lighten the situation, she explained, “I brought you here because you are still young and the dinner is only for adults but don’t worry, they let you to sit here because you are a special guest. Here are sausage rolls and you can eat them later when I go to work.”
The tycoon caught up with the maid and asked where her son is. She sheepishly replied that the kid might be playing in the garden.
While searching for the boy, the businessman heard a voice coming from the bathroom, surprised to find a kid eating inside. He asked why, and the boy replied: “My mother said this room is a special room for me. The owner of this home prepared it for me. Who are you, sir? I am eating these sausage rolls that my mother gave to me before she went to work and they are so good but I can’t finish them all. Do you want some? Or you can sit here with me while I try to finish eating these rolls.”
The tycoon sat down to accompany the kid, dispensing life advice to the four-year-old: “You have to be good to your mother, little man. Always love her and be a good person when you grow up.”
The party guests found the tycoon plopped on the bathroom floor, chatting with a young boy. They soon joined him and the kid inside, making the boy feel welcomed.
Fast-forward to years later, the boy became successful but he never forgot the lesson he learned in the bathroom that night for it turned him to a generous man that he is today.
“I would never forget that years ago, a tycoon and his elite guests put aside their high status in order to protect a naive 4-year-old me who came from a poor family so that I would not feel different than them,” the maid’s son explained to his curious assistant.
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