In this story which was inspired by the readers at AmoMama, a boy’s act of kindness towards an old, shabby man, ended up being the best decision he’s ever made.
Mason was not very well off, he’d been left as the man of the house after his father passed away a year ago. Now, his mother was ill too, and Mason had no choice but to look after her. He had no siblings to help him at all. To make matters worse, Mason was disabled after a freak motorbike accident. What this meant for Mason was his dreams of attending university on a football scholarship were nil, and now he worked two jobs just to support his mother and himself.
Mason worked very hard and earned very little money, finding a good job when you are in a wheelchair is even more difficult. But, Mason had one thing left that brought him some joy. Once a week, he would visit a local boot sale market and spend $5 on old tapes with music from the 70s and 80s.
A Hard Week
One particular week, Mason had worked harder than ever, but the medical bills kept flying in. He knew that his weekly meander around the market was a bad idea because he did not even have $5 to spend, but Mason went anyway.
Mason’s mother, even though her son worked hard to keep food on the table, was not happy that he had dropped out of school. But, there was no way Mason could afford it. That Sunday morning, another argument between the two of them broke out. And Mason stormed off on his wheelchair to visit the market and getaway. The boot sale market was his only safe haven, the only place he felt a bit of happiness in his sad life. His problems completely dissolved as he looked around at all the old stuff, especially when looking through all the old music tapes. His father loved music, and it made Mason remember him.
Mason arrived at the market and strolled around. It was a lovely day, the entire place was busier than normal. He wished he could afford a hotdog as the smells from the food vendors filled the air. He made his way to his favourite vendor, a man who sold the old tapes he so adored.
While looking through the tapes, an old, shabby-looking man set up a blanket on the ground, he put out some bags and suitcases and put a crate down to use as a chair.
“Suitcases, bags, and briefcases!” he cried in his old cracked voice, “Five dollars apiece, best bargain of your life!“
Sadly, nobody was interested in the old man’s suitcases, they were falling apart and covered in mildew.
Mason could not help but feel intrigued, so he stopped looking through the CDs and rolled his wheelchair over to the old man. Mason asked the man how he ever thought he could sell bags in such a poor condition. The Man replied simply that these suitcases were filled with hope. For the right person, one of his suitcases would be a dream come true.
One Mans Trash, Another Mans Treasure
Mason smiled at the old man and told him that hope was just what he needed. He asked the old man to advise him which old suitcase was the right one for him.