Young orphan and millionaire takes a homeless man to the house, but when the man shaved, and the boy saw a scar on his chin, he couldn’t believe his true identity.
Arthur left home for the first time after weeks of mourning the death of Alice, his governess, and only family. He felt the warm sun on his skin as he walked down the street, still wrapped in a cloud of sadness and loneliness. The memories of Alice accompanied him, weighing on his heart. He felt an immense emptiness, a feeling that his life was stagnant as he walked.
Arthur watched the people around him, each one with their problems, their stories, their lives. He was on his way to the company he inherited from his late father, where he would officially be given the title of owner.
But the young millionaire felt sad and alone, with no one to share his life and achievements with. Seeing a happy family, father, mother, and children pass by, Arthur felt a twinge of envy. He longed to have that happiness and companionship in his life. He wondered if he could ever be happy again as those people seemed to be. Is it possible to find joy in the midst of so much pain?
It was then that Arthur spotted a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk, meticulously building a small house of cards. The man’s face was lined with his many years and hardship, but there was a serenity in his eyes that drew Arthur’s attention. He seemed to be at peace even in the midst of adversity. Curious and trying to understand that apparent tranquility, Arthur approached the man and started a conversation.
“Hello, sir. My name is Arthur. I couldn’t help but notice your house of cards. Is it amazing how you managed to build it so precisely?” said Arthur, trying to establish a connection.
The homeless man looked at Arthur and, with a smile on his face, replied, “Thanks, lad. It’s a hobby I learned many years ago. It helps me focus and find a moment of peace in the midst of the chaos of everyday life.”
Arthur, confused, asked, “Sorry to intrude, but your life seems to be filled with difficulties. How do you manage to find peace and balance in the midst of it all?”
The man gave a soft laugh and replied, “Well, young man, life is like this house of cards. Sometimes a light breeze can knock it over, and you have to start all over again. But if you persist and learn from your mistakes, you will eventually build something beautiful and stable.”
Arthur reflected on the man’s words and said, “I lost my only family recently, and I feel completely alone. How can I find joy again?”
The homeless man looked into Arthur’s eyes with compassion and said, “The pain of loss is something we all face at some point. We can’t change the past, but we can choose how to face the future. Joy can be found in the small acts of love and kindness and in connecting with others. Life has a way of surprising us when we’re willing to take a chance.”
Arthur listened attentively, feeling the man’s words echo in his heart. There was wisdom in that simple advice, and somehow, it made him feel less alone and more hopeful.
“Thank you, sir. Your words mean a lot to me. I think I can learn from your resilience and find the strength to carry on,” Arthur said.
The homeless man smiled kindly and said, “Glad to help, Arthur. Remember that life is a gift, and each day is a new opportunity to learn, grow, and find happiness. Never forget that.”
The boy held out his hand to say goodbye to the man, and this simple gesture provoked a deep reaction in the homeless man’s heart. Arthur’s touch, so simple and genuine, brought tears to the man’s eyes. No one had touched him in years, and that gesture made him feel truly seen and valued.
The man moved, shook Arthur’s hand, and said, his voice choked with emotion, “Thank you, young man. You have no idea what this simple gesture means to me. It has been so long that I almost forgot that I’m still a human being with feelings and that I deserve dignity.”
With a strong handshake and a nod, Arthur said goodbye to the man and continued on his way to the company. The encounter with the homeless man had touched his heart, and he felt an inexplicable connection with that man who faced life with so much wisdom and resilience.
Upon receiving ownership of the inheritance and taking control of the corporation, Arthur made the decision he would use his wealth and power to do good and help those in need. Inspired by the wise words of the homeless man he had met, by irony of fate, Arthur’s life was full of losses and moments of loneliness.
When he was just four years old, his father and mother were in a fatal car accident on a foggy rainy night, leaving him alone. Since then, he has been raised by his dedicated governess, Teresa, a loving and wise 70-year-old woman who has become his only family and mother figure.
Over the years, Teresa taught Arthur the value of people and the importance of looking beyond material wealth. With affection and patience, she educated him with principles and values that shaped his character, making him a kind, generous, and understanding young man.
Together, they faced life’s challenges and learned to find joy in the little things of everyday life, like a walk in the park on a sunny afternoon. Teresa always encouraged Arthur to explore his interests and seek knowledge, which led him to develop a passion for literature, music, and art. She supported him in all of his decisions and was always there to listen to his concerns and share advice.
Unfortunately, life had other plans for Arthur. At the age of 17, Teresa passed away due to old age and natural complications, leaving him once again alone in the world, without the support and affection of his only family. Arthur felt lost and aimless, questioning his purpose in life and struggling to find the strength he needed to move forward.
After spending six long months in mourning, immersed in sadness and introspection, Arthur, now 18 years old, received a notification informing him that it was time to take over his father’s company, a pharmaceutical empire responsible for developing innovative medicines that saved lives. With a heavy heart and still missing his governess, he found the courage to face this new stage of his life, even without being sure if he was ready for such a responsibility.
It was at that crucial moment that Arthur encountered the homeless man whose wisdom and resilience touched him deeply. Now, something inside him told him he needed to find that man again. Maybe it was the beginning of a new journey, an opportunity to learn more about himself in life, or, who knows, a chance to find the meaning and connection he desperately wanted with the memory of the remarkable encounter.
Arthur decided to look for the homeless man once more. He roamed the neighborhood streets, feeling a growing connection to this man who
, even in the face of countless adversities, still managed to maintain hope and inspire others. They met again, and from that day on, Arthur and Turin saw each other every day.
The young man insisted on taking a packed lunch to the man, who thanked him with a sincere smile and a missing tooth. Turin was a man in his 50s, ragged, dirty, and with messy hair. His eyes, however, glowed with a special light, revealing a kind and wise soul.
As the days passed, Arthur and Turin became close friends. They talked at length about life, the difficulties faced by Turin, and the dreams they still kept alive in their hearts. Turin shared stories of his miserable life, the horrible situations he faced on the streets, and the abandonment he felt at not having a family to call his own.
He told Arthur that, for some mysterious reason, he suffered from memory problems and couldn’t remember many details of his past. He didn’t know how he ended up on the streets, not even his real name. The other homeless people called him Turin, a name he himself only vaguely remembered.
For Arthur, however, the name didn’t matter. He saw humanity and dignity in Turin despite his appearance and situation. The conversations between Arthur and Turin went beyond words. They shared moments of laughter, tears, and meaningful silences. The young millionaire felt genuine empathy for the man who, even in the midst of misery, managed to convey wisdom and serenity.
One day, after an especially deep and moving conversation, Arthur plucked up the courage and invited Turin to live with him. “Turin, I see in you an incredible person, someone who deserves a better life. I would like to invite you to live with me. I know I can learn a lot from you, and together we can change our lives,” said Arthur, with his eyes glowing with hope.
Turin looked at the young man with surprise and emotion, not knowing what to say. Tears welled up in his eyes, and he replied with a choked voice, “Arthur, you have no idea how much this means to me. I never thought anyone would offer me such an opportunity. You are like an angel in my life. I accept, my friend, and I promise to do my best to honor your trust and friendship.”
The two hugged, starting an exciting new journey together. The man felt the warmth of a person’s embrace and thought, “And God, how good this is,” as he cried, enjoying the empathy of someone who had no obligation to be there with him.
From that moment on, Arthur and Turin’s lives would be intertwined, united by a sincere and deep friendship that would transcend any social or economic barrier.
The next day, Arthur took Turin to his home, a beautiful mansion that reflected his father’s inherited wealth. The contrast between the might of the place and Turin’s simplicity was evident, but that didn’t shake the friendship they had built. As he walked through the halls of the mansion, Turin felt an odd sense of familiarity. Some flashes appeared in his mind, leaving him confused and stunned.
“Are you okay?” asked Arthur, worried when he realized his friend’s discomfort.
“Yes, yes, it’s just that it all seems so familiar. It must be just an impression,” Turin replied, trying to hide his odd feeling and focusing on his excitement at being there with Arthur.
The first days in the mansion were full of discoveries and emotions for Turin. Arthur showed him every corner of the house, sharing stories from his childhood and memories of the dear governess, Teresa. Turin felt more and more welcomed and at ease in that environment, even if he still couldn’t understand the reason for so much familiarity.
One night, while having dinner together, Arthur announced, “Tomorrow, we’re going to give you a new look. We’re going to buy you new clothes and take you to a barber for your hair and beard.”
Turin was moved by his friend’s words and felt his eyes fill with tears. That gesture of affection and attention meant a lot to him, who had lived on the streets for years without any care for himself.
“I don’t know how to thank you, Arthur. You are changing my life and giving me hope for a better future,” Turin said.
Arthur smiled and replied, “I’m the one who should thank you, Turin. You’re my friend now and part of my life, part of my family. For some reason, I feel you’re strangely familiar, and you give me a peace and confidence I’ve never felt with anyone else.”
The next morning, Arthur and Turin went out together in search of clothes and accessories for Turin’s transformation. They walked through the stores and chatted excitedly while Turin tried on different pieces, and Arthur gave him advice. They bought several clothes, shoes, belts, and other items that Turin never thought he would have again.
When they returned to the mansion at the end of the day, with all these new things, Turin felt a flood of emotions. Alone in his room, he wept silently, lying in the comfortable bed that was now his. He couldn’t believe that his life was changing so quickly and that someone like Arthur cared so much about him. “Do I deserve all this?” thought Turin while his tears wet the pillow.
With each day that passed in the mansion, Turin noticed more and more things that seemed familiar to him. But he didn’t want to scare Arthur, so he didn’t say anything. Sometimes memories came back, flashes of him with a small boy and a blonde woman, playing in the garden and living room.
The next day, Arthur took Turin to a barber to have his hair and beard done. The professional took care of Turin with care and affection, cutting his hair, trimming his beard, and leaving him looking completely new. Turin could barely recognize himself when he looked in the mirror.
When they left the barber, Turin asked Arthur anxiously, “So, what do you think?”
Arthur was stunned to see Turin unresponsive for a few seconds. There was something about his face that caught his attention: a scar on his chin. He was terrified, not believing what he was seeing, as if he had seen a ghost. After a moment, Arthur decided to go to his office and get some old photos of his late father. He felt there was a striking resemblance between Turin and the man in the photos.
The man in the pictures was tall with brown hair and piercing eyes that seemed to look straight into the soul. As he showed her the photos, something amazing happened. Seeing the images of the man with his young son, a flood of memories washed over Turin. He remembered himself playing with a blonde boy in the manor’s garden, running after him while little Arthur laughed happily.
He remembered teaching his son to ride a bike, holding him tight as he pedaled for the first time and cheering when he was finally able to balance on his own. Turin also remembered a blonde woman smiling, who hugged him and called him love. She had a charming smile and a caring look, always concerned about the well-being of the family. And then the most painful memory: a car accident on a rainy night, with the blonde woman beside him. The vehicle had lost control on the wet road, colliding violently against a tree. Turin remembered everything, and tears started streaming down his face
With a crack in his voice, Turin looked into Arthur’s eyes and said, “Little Arthur, Turin, I’m your father.”
Arthur felt a lump in his throat, and he, too, began to cry. He remembered that affectionate nickname, a nickname only his father used to use. They hugged each other, letting the tears flow as they tried to absorb the truth that had just been revealed.
Arthur asked, still thrilled, “But how? How did that happen? I… I don’t understand. Is it really you, Dad? But how did you end up on the streets?”
It all happened on a rainy night when Henry, a wealthy and successful man, and his wife, Virginia, were returning from a benefit concert for underprivileged children. The rain fell heavily and incessantly, making it difficult to see on the road. Suddenly, he lost control of the car and crashed violently into a tree. Virginia died instantly, but Henry’s body was never found, and he was presumed dead. There was only the governess, who was like a mother to Henry and little son Arthur.
Left, Henry, seriously injured and disoriented, had lost his memory. Staggering, he walked several miles through the pouring rain before collapsing from exhaustion in another city. The homeless people found Henry and took him in, tending to his wounds and sharing what little they had with him. The stunned man could only mumble, “Turin, Turin,” which was what he called his little son, the only memory that lingered in his mind before he almost died. He was his son.
So, the homeless started calling him Turin. Over the years, Turin wandered from city to city, wandering aimlessly and without memory, facing countless difficulties in the streets, enduring hunger, cold, and loneliness. He cared for the other homeless as if they were his family, protecting them and sharing what little he had. However, in his heart, he always felt an emptiness, as if something was missing.
Meanwhile, Arthur grew up under the care of the governess, and one day, fate made Arthur and Turin cross paths. The scar on Turin’s chin drew attention, and now the boy could not contain the tears and said, “Dad, I’ve missed you all these years. I can’t believe you’re here with me again.”
They hugged, letting the tears flow as they tried to absorb the truth that had just been revealed. Together again, father and son decided to face life’s challenges as a united family. In addition, the two founded an organization to help all those homeless people who helped Henry during the difficult years on the streets and many other homeless people. There, everyone could find safety, medical care, food, and emotional support.
The story of Henry and Arthur went far beyond a simple reunion between father and son, becoming a symbol of strength, resilience, and the resilient nature of love. Against all odds, they faced extreme adversity, rediscovering themselves in the midst of pain and loss. Their connection demonstrated that love can transcend temporal, geographic, and emotional barriers and that the family bond is something that can withstand the toughest of challenges.
Their legacy resonated in the hearts of everyone who crossed their path, showing that even in the darkest circumstances, love and determination can light the way and transform lives.