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Older widow is ashamed to tell her son she is seeing another man until she is taken to hospital – Story of the day


An older woman is embarrassed to tell her son about the new man in her life, but the truth is revealed when she is rushed to hospital. Her son arrives to see her with her boyfriend in the hospital, and the young man’s reaction leaves the woman speechless.

Elsa Campbell was 76 when her beloved husband Lionel passed away. Lionel’s death was a blow to Elsa who isolated herself from the rest of the world, only allowing their son Simon into her room.

Simon, too, was mourning Lionel’s death, but he realized he had to be there for his family during the difficult time, so he tried to get back to normal as soon as possible.

Fortunately, he, his wife and their children shared a house with Elsa and were always there for her. This gradually helped her come to terms with her loss, and two years later Elsa began to return to a normal life.

Elsa was devastated after Lionel’s death. | Source: Pexel

One day, Elsa was driving home from the supermarket when she saw an advertisement for a chess club for the elderly. As a teenager, she liked to play chess and it was thanks to him that she met Lionel. He loved the game, and their love for it eventually brought them together.

When Elsa saw the ad, she couldn’t resist joining the club. She thought it would be a good distraction from whatever was bothering her and joined the club the next day.

” Mom ! Why did you have to lie to me? he asked angrily, and Elsa’s face flushed with shame.

For months, Elsa kept herself busy by frequenting the club daily. One day, she met a handsome man there named Arthur. She hadn’t seen him there before, but the other members seemed to recognize him.

“Ah Arthur! We really missed you! I haven’t seen your beautiful face for a year! How are you ? asked a woman at the club hugging him, and Elsa could tell she was flirting with him.

“I’m glad to be back, Caroline,” he replied. “However, I have terrible news… Last year I lost my wife. I needed a break from getting back to normal, and although I’m still not over the loss from my wife, I guess I’m better than before.”

Arthur was famous in the chess club. | Source: Pexel

Elsa felt sympathy for Arthur because he too had lost someone he loved. Later that day, she introduced herself to him, and as they talked, Elsa realized that Arthur was a really nice man.

Over time, Elsa and Arthur began to meet regularly and spend time together inside and outside the club. Elsa realized that she was developing a soft spot for him, and he felt the same for her.

One day Arthur brought Elsa home from the club. Coincidentally, Simon came home from work at the same time and saw them together. Simon confronted Elsa about the man who dropped her off, but she was too embarrassed to tell him.

She figured Simon would be offended if he found out she was seeing another man, even though she knew having Arthur around her made her feel alive. So she lied.

“He’s just a member of my club, honey! He offered to drop me off at the house, and I thought saying no would be rude,” she explained, her face flushing.

Elsa and Arthur were in love. | Source: Pexel

“Are you sure he’s ‘just a member,’ mum?” Simon frowned. “If nothing else, you two looked like close friends!”

Elsa pretended to laugh. “Oh, honey, why would I lie to you? We’re not as close as you think! I’m going to my room now… I’m tired. She dodged any further requests and left for her room.

Simon didn’t ask her any more questions afterward and completely forgot about her. But it wasn’t until a month later that he realized Elsa was lying. She was taken to hospital that month after injuring her leg. Simon, his wife and their children were visiting his in-laws at the time.

Elsa told him on the phone that she was fine and he had nothing to worry about, but Simon insisted on seeing her. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get a flight immediately and didn’t manage to visit her until two days later.

When he arrived at the hospital, he was surprised to see her with Arthur through the round window of her ward. Arthur was helping Elsa as she walked around the room on crutches, and seeing their closeness, Simon knew what was brewing between them. “Damn, what’s going on? he exclaimed as he burst into the room.

Simon spotted Elsa and Arthur together in the hospital. | Source: Pexel

” Mom ! Why did you have to lie to me? he asked angrily, and Elsa’s face flushed with shame.

“Oh, Simon, I didn’t know you were coming today. You didn’t tell me!”

“I’m sorry, mom! I should have told you so you could keep it a secret a little longer, right? How come you didn’t tell me about him when I asked you the last time?

“Oh, Simon, I was embarrassed. I thought you’d be horrified to hear that your mum was seeing someone other than your dad. I met Arthur at the chess club, he’s a widower, and we …I’m sorry—” But before she could finish, he took a step forward and hugged her.

“I was just pretending to be upset, mom. You don’t have to feel bad about anything. But you didn’t have to lie about it. I’ve seen you two before come in, and I haven’t seen you so happy in a long time. I’m happy for you, Mom!”

Elsa’s eyes filled with tears. “You – you won’t object if I go out with Arthur?” she asked, surprised.

Elsa was in tears when Simon supported her. | Source: Pexel

Simon smiles. “Okay, so his name is Arthur! … Mom, everyone deserves to be happy. I have nothing against you being together. After all, it’s your life, so it’s your decision matters. Love chooses us, not the other way around, Mom. And thank you, Arthur,” he added, turning to him. “For making my mom happy. I haven’t seen her smile like that since dad passed away.”

Arthur admitted that, like Elsa, he was afraid to tell his daughter he was dating another woman. But when he told her recently, she was as happy for him as Simon was for Elsa.

From that day on, Arthur and Simon became close. Simon realized that his mother needed someone by her side and that Arthur would always make her happy.

So, a month after Elsa came out, Simon surprised them with a destination wedding in Miami. During the ceremony, when the priest asked who opposed the marriage, Simon raised his hand, leaving everyone shocked.

“I’m so jealous that he took my mother away from me! She’s the most beautiful woman on the planet! I despise you for that, Arthur! Really!” he shouted, and everyone laughed.

What can we learn from this story?

  • There is no defined age and condition to fall in love. Elsa was 78 and widowed, and she was afraid that Simon would be offended by her going out with a man. But Simon was happy for Elsa when he found out she was dating Arthur because he believed love chose us rather than the other way around.
  • Moving on is a sign of healing; it does not mean ignoring the people we have lost. Elsa loved Lionel and missed him. But at some point, she chose to move on as she finally healed from her loss. That’s not to say she didn’t care about her late husband.

If you liked this story, you might like the story of an old woman who follows two children after seeing them unsupervised for long hours at the beach and learns something shocking.

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