A poor maid who worked for a rich tycoon had a 4-year-old son. She felt guilty that she had to leave him at home so she could work from early morning to late night but explained to him that he’s doing it for his future.
The tycoon offered to let the woman live at the mansion with her son but she politely refused.
“Thank you sir but you do not have to do that. I am afraid I will be an inconvenience to you and your family,” she said.
She did not tell him, though, that the real reason she refused is that she didn’t want her son to grow up with low self-esteem after realizing the large gap between their life and that of the rich people who owned the mansion. The young boy did not know that his mother is working as a maid.
The mansion was so large that even the bathrooms are bigger than the poor maid’s entire house!
One day, the tycoon threw a large party for his friends. Because the maid needed to work and might be home really late, she requested for the rich man to let her bring her child along. The rich man readily agreed, telling her the boy is welcome to join the party.
At the rich man’s house, the boy was amazed by how big the rooms were and how grand the place was! She took him to a bathroom where she gave him a plate of sausage rolls to eat while he waited for her to finish her job.
“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 maid told her son.
The boy was so excited about this new place that he didn’t mind being left alone in the bathroom – it was a grand bathroom, after all. He just ate the rolls and sang his favorite songs while waiting for his mother.
The rich man was enjoying the party when he remembered his maid’s son; he didn’t see the child at the party.
He questioned the maid who replied, “Ehm… I have been very busy so I did not have time to keep my eyes on him. He is probably playing alone in the garden.”
Curious as to what the boy is up to, the rich man decided to find him. He was a bit surprised to hear the boy singing in one of the bathrooms in the hallway.
“Why are you eating in here, little man? Do you know where this is?” he asked the boy.
“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 boy answered.
Amazed by the boy’s reply, the tycoon smiled. He sat with the boy, reminiscing his past as a poor boy as he chatted with the kid.
The tycoon went back to the party to tell his guests he’s serving a very special guest before leaving with two plates filled with food and returning to the bathroom to continue his chat with the maid’s son.
“What a shame for you to eat alone in this room. Let me accompany you and we can eat all this food together!” he told the kid.
He also added, “You have to be good to your mother, little man. Always love her and be a good person when you grow up.”
The guests were curious what was happening and some found the tycoon at the bathroom with the kid, singing some silly songs. Soon enough, part of the party moved to that bathroom and the boy was very happy, thinking his mother was such a respectable person, indeed. He felt like the luckiest kid in the world.
With the help of the tycoon and the guidance of his mother, the boy grew up and eventually became the owner of a multi-million business empire. But he never forgot the life lesson he learned in that tycoon’s bathroom that day.
He remained a kind, generous person who regularly donated to many charities, anonymously. An assistant asked him about why he never reveals his name to the charities and he told her this story.
“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,” he mused.