who left his wife and children for another one,
most of the time younger woman, and started another family.
But as years went by, he decided to return to his first family
but that time, he was already paralyzed and all his money gone.
and blessed with a nice-paying job.
He was always a good husband and father and a great provider for the family.
He was friendly and amiable
that was why he was always surrounded by friends.
a student in college who was irresistibly pretty and sexy.
All those years of being faithful went down the drain.
He was tempted to court the girl and eventually the girl gave in to him.
They hid their relationship for several months
until he became madly in love with her.
They would secretly met in nearby towns or cities
and meetings became more frequent than ever.
A part of his finances were directed to the girl's tuition and allowances
and this caused a big problem.
He could no longer attend to his family's needs
because he was already more concern about the girl.
And after few years, the wife found out.
A huge fight then broke out.
The wife was mad and very sad for her family that was about to be destroyed.
The husband tried to deny everything but there was nothing more he could do
because so many people, including close friends and family members,
had already found out about the infidelity.
So finally, he admitted the relationship.
That was a heartbreaking moment!
The wife was torn apart and the children who were now grown up were all crying.
They just couldn't believe such thing about their father after all these years.
They didn't know what to do or how to handle the depressing situation.
They just cried and cried the whole time.
fights between the couple were an everyday occurrence
until it became clear that the family was headed to ruin.
There was no use living in the same house when love was no longer there.
Everything just fell apart
and the vows, the promises, the thought of "forever"
seemed to vanish without a trace.
And not long after, they separated.
and started a new family with his other woman.
They had children whom he loved so much
that he totally forgot his first children.
His new family became his life and he felt completely happy and satisfied.
Back in his hometown, his first wife never remarried,
and tried to grab opportunity that came her way to support her children.
She barely made it the first few years of being separated,
but as time passed by,
she learned to live the life of a single hardworking mom.
The children too had a hard time adjusting to a family without a father,
and that greatly affected their studies.
But they learned to accept the reality and became used to it.
The wife and children developed a very strong bond
that nothing and no one could tear them apart.
As years went by,
the wife and children became happy and contented as if nothing happened.
The children finished college
and found work that they became independent.
Part of their salaries they gave to their mother
who was already approaching her senior.
All those years,
they heard nothing from their father and they no longer bother.
The family wounds were already healed
and all pieces of their hearts were already glued together in place.
But one day,
the family received a news
that the father wanted to ask forgiveness for everything he did
and he wanted to come back and be reunited.
They were shocked and wondered why
he suddenly wanted to return
when they had already forgotten about him
and moved on with their lives.
The father was hesitant to tell the truth at first
and he just kept on asking for forgiveness.
He said he was very sorry for his mistake
and he wanted to make up for everything
in any way he could if he was given a chance.
He was already paralyzed half his body after having a stroke
and that all his savings and money from retirement had already been spent.
He had nowhere else to go because his other woman no longer wanted him
or didn't want to be responsible to a broke and paralyzed man.
Even his other children didn't care at all.
He was hopeless.
TO END THIS STORY,
I HAVE TO WRITE TWO ENDINGS.
ONE IS SAD, THE OTHER IS HAPPY
OR SHOULD I SAY,
NOT SO SAD ENDING.
The children strongly prevented their father from being reunited to them
because they could never forget the pain.
But the mother,
a very soft and tender, loving and forgiving wife,
welcomed her husband back.
She said although they were separated for years,
she was still married to him and they were true husband and wife.
And there was nothing more the children could do but to do the same.
Seeing their father in that terrible condition softened their hearts of stone.
They too learned to forgive and loved their father more than ever.
And in a few years time, the father died
and they gave him a decent burial.
The wife and children planned to welcome the father back
but after thinking it over and after hearing advice from family and friends,
they killed the plan.
They had already moved on and they were already happy.
The father will just be a heavy burden to carry.
So the father remained with his other family paralyzed and broke
but neglected and not cared for.
And then he died in misery.