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Jade Small
Jade Small
September 27, 2023 ·  6 min read

Garbage Man Adopts Blind Baby Found In Dumpster and He Grows Up to Run a Multi-Million-Dollar Company – A Short Story

This is the story of how life can be so unexpected and turbulent that it can be tragic. Yet, through that tragedy, there can be light. All you have to do is see the opportunity, seize it, and make the most of what you have to nurture it.

A Happy Life With an Unexpected Twist

In the quiet suburban neighborhood where Tristan once believed he had hit the jackpot with his little family, a life-altering storm was brewing. He had been married for five blissful years, and the light of his life was embodied in two little girls, Lila and Sarah, aged three and four. Their laughter filled their home with joy, and Tristan couldn’t have asked for more.

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One seemingly ordinary day, however, Tristan’s world came crashing down in a way he had never imagined. His wife, Emily, sat him down with a solemn look in her eyes. She confessed to a terrible secret that left Tristan’s heart in tatters. She had been having an affair with another man, and she was leaving him for her newfound love.

Tears welled up in Tristan’s eyes as he struggled to comprehend the betrayal. He tried to hide his pain, but the hurt was too strong. The tears welled up in his eyes as he mustered the courage to ask Emily the question that was burning with dread in the pit of his stomach. He looked into her eyes as he asked whether Lila and Sarah were his biological daughters.

Whose Children Are They?

Emily scoffed, her voice filled with bitterness. She replied as if this was the least important factor. “No, Tristan,” she replied, her laughter dripping with cruelty. She delivered the devastating blow that Lila and Sarah were not his children. Tristan’s heart sank. He could not comprehend the twist his life had just taken. He asked whether they were the children of her current affair. Surprisngly, she shook her head.

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Tristan’s world shattered further as he tried to make sense of Emily’s words. “Then whose daughters are they?” he asked, his voice trembling. Emily’s revelation cut deeper than any wound Tristan had ever known. She admitted that she had been cheating on him for four long years, a deception that had started shortly after their wedding day. The little girls he had come to love as his own were, in fact, the daughters of the first man Emily had cheated with, a man who had died of a heart attack a year ago.


Tears streamed down Tristan’s face as the magnitude of Emily’s betrayal became clear. She had moved on with another man who wanted to marry her, leaving behind the girls she had so callously deceived him into believing were his own. With a heart heavy with sorrow and anger, Tristan watched Emily walk away, saying she wanted nothing to do with Lila and Sarah.

As days turned into months and years, Tristan faced the daunting task of raising the two girls on his own. It was a challenge that seemed insurmountable at times, but he was determined to provide them with a loving and stable home. Tristan’s love for Lila and Sarah was unwavering despite the painful truth of their parentage.

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A New Addition to The Family

Two years after Emily’s departure, as Tristan was taking out the trash, he heard the faint cries of a baby coming from the nearby dumpster. His heart sank, and he rushed to investigate. Amongst the dirt and grime, he found an abandoned infant wrapped in a blanket. Hidden within that blanket was a note which explained the baby’s plight. The child was blind, and his parents could not care for him, so they left him there, hoping someone would find and care for him.

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Disgusted by the notion that anyone could discard a baby in such a heartless manner, Tristan scooped the child into his arms and rushed him home. He called child services to report the abandonment, but in his heart, he knew he could not let this child go. Tristan decided he would adopt the baby and give him the love and care he deserved. He had managed to raise two girls by himself; surely he would be able to raise another little boy.

Tristan knew he had his work cut out for him, seeing that the baby was blind. This mean he required special care, but Tristan was determined to succeed with this. Eight months later, the baby, now named Richard, came home to live with Tristan and his daughters, Lila and Sarah. The three children quickly formed a close bond, their shared experiences of abandonment forging an unbreakable connection.

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Learning Braille

As Richard grew older, Tristan took it upon himself to teach the boy to read braille books. Braille books were expensive, but he was determined to provide Richard with the tools to succeed in life. So, Tristan took up more shifts at the garbage disposal wherehe worked in order to make it happen. This meant he had very little time for himself. But, Tristan didn’t mind, every spare moment he had he just wanted to spend with his three children.

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The sacrifice paid off, as Richard developed a deep passion for reading and learning. Every night, Tristan would sit with the kids and they would each read from a book they loved. The girls were excellent storytellers, and Richard loved to listen and giggle along. He quickly learned braille and joined in on the stroy telling evening.

As the years passed, Richard’s dedication to braille and literature grew. When he reached adulthood, he decided to channel his passion into something meaningful. With Tristan’s unwavering support, he founded a braille publishing house dedicated to teaching young and underprivileged blind children to read and write in braille at 23 years old. Their mission was to publish inspiring stories written by blind authors, creating a platform for their unique voices to be heard.

Sucessful Braille Business

The business flourished beyond their wildest dreams. Richard’s determination and Tristan’s support created a space where blind children could thrive and share their stories. Their efforts were met with recognition and success, and the publishing house quickly became a well-known institution in the world of braille literature.

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With the business’s success, Richard was able to do something incredible for Tristan. He purchased a spacious house, big enough for all of them to live comfortably. Tristan, Lila, Sarah, and Richard moved into their new home, a place filled with love, warmth, and hope for a brighter future.

Together, they continued their journey, bound by love and a shared commitment to making the world a better place for blind children everywhere. Tristan’s heart, once shattered by betrayal and despair, had found solace and purpose in the love he had for his daughters and the newfound son who had come into their lives when they needed him most. They were a family forged not by blood, but by the unbreakable bonds of love and resilience.

This fictional story was inspired by stories from around the web. Any similarities between this story and actual people are purely coincidental.

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