The waitress from a local cafe who received the fortune of the deceased man had actually helped the family more than the man's own kids.
This might sound like a plot straight out of a movie but according to Reddit user u/Positive-Purple-487, this is the harsh reality she had to face which was followed by a shocking decision. A 55-year-old woman shared her story with the community to elaborate on why she gave away her deceased husband's property to a stranger instead of her stepkids. The woman explained that she was married to her husband for 20 years until he passed away after battling cancer.
"He had two kids from a past marriage who were in their early teens when he married me. I had a 7-year-old from an earlier relationship as well. We didn't have any more kids. I tried to treat my stepchildren as my own but they never accepted me. They were very rude and insulted me whenever they could. Since I did not work they called me a gold digger who married their dad only for his money," she wrote.
Since she had wealthy grandparents who left her a lot of inheritance money, she had no problem staying at home to raise her young daughter. Her late husband was also disappointed with his children's behavior towards his second wife and decided not to pay for their college tuition as punishment. As a result, the relationship between him and his kids went sour. "Even when he got cancer, they refused to come see him. For three years we struggled with the treatment. My daughter came to visit from time to time when she could," the woman further wrote.
In their hard times, it was a waitress from a local cafe who helped the elderly couple instead. The waitress, who was in her late 20s, happened to be a single mom and was taking community college at night. "She took a liking to us and when she learned my husband was sick, spent whatever time she could visit him. She has stayed nights at the hospital when I needed a break and basically been the daughter we wished for. When he died, she helped me arrange the funeral," u/Positive-Purple-487 shared.
The man's children did show up during his funeral but they were only after their inheritance. "When I learned my husband had left his estate to me and it was around $25,000, I decided to give it to the girl who helped us both so much. She tried to refuse but I insisted she take it. She needed it and in my opinion, deserved it more than the ungrateful children. My daughter understands why I did not give it to his children but is upset I did not give anything to her either," the woman added.
The man's ex-wife and children caused a scene and were upset with the second wife for giving away the fortune to a waitress who was not part of the family. The widow then concluded her story and asked fellow Reddit users if she was in the wrong for doing what she did. u/Big_Falcon89 responded to the post and wrote: "$25K might make all the difference to a single mom working a waitressing job, but it's not going to change the life of already well-off kids, particularly split all those ways."
u/Internal_Progress404 had a polarizing opinion: "I think you and your husband didn't do a great job of integrating families, and then blamed his kids for not accepting you. It sounds like they probably parroted what they heard elsewhere, and he and you did nothing to make that better. His relationship with them sounds very transactional - he refused to pay for college because he was angry, they pulled back."
u/BladeOfGrassDewDrop pointed out: "Well, the bottom line is that he wrote the will. They can be angry with him, not you for that." u/rheyasa added: "I don’t like the part where the husband pulls back on his kids' tuition for disagreements between OP and his kids. There’s definitely something more to the story, it is not so black and white."