logo
Boy dropping a letter in the mailbox | Source: Midjourney
Boy dropping a letter in the mailbox | Source: Midjourney

Boy Drops a Letter into an Abandoned House's Mailbox, Receives a Mysterious Reply the Next Day — Story of the Day

Mariia Kobzieva
Jun 28, 2024
08:57 A.M.

Six-year-old Ethan had recently lost his mother, leaving a deep void in his heart. In his grief, he started writing letters to her, pouring out his feelings on paper. One day, while wandering the streets, he stumbled upon an old, rusty mailbox at an abandoned house. He decided to slip one of his letters inside, never expecting anyone to see it. To his astonishment, the very next day, he found a mysterious reply waiting for him.

Advertisement

Ethan, a six-year-old little boy with curly brown hair, felt a constant weight on his chest since his mother passed away. His father, Jacob, seemed lost in his world of grief.

Jacob used to be a lively and attentive father, but now he barely noticed Ethan, spending most of his time staring at old photos or working late to avoid the empty house.

"Mom, I miss you so much," Ethan whispered to his toy car.

He often imagined his mother traveling with him in the little car.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Ethan missed her gentle voice, warm hugs, and reading bedtime stories with her every night. In his loneliness, he began writing letters to her.

Advertisement

"Dear Mom,

Today was another hard day without you. I miss you so much. Dad is really sad too. I don't think he notices me much anymore. I wish you were here to hug me and tell me everything will be okay.

Love, Ethan"

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

He poured his heart into those letters and hoped she would hear him.

One day, while wandering around his neighborhood, Ethan stumbled upon an old, abandoned house. The paint was peeling, the windows were boarded up, and the garden was overgrown with weeds.

"Hey, Mom," Ethan said to his toy car, "look at this old house. It's kind of spooky but also cool, right?"

Advertisement
For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

He walked closer, curiosity driving him.

Ethan saw the rusty mailbox at the front gate. That day, he had brought one of his letters with him, tucked safely in his jeans pocket, intending to read it to his mom in a quiet spot. Ethan just slipped it inside the mailbox, thinking no one would ever see him.

"Mom, I'm leaving this letter here," he whispered. "It will be our secret."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Advertisement

He took a step back and looked at the house again.

"Do you think anyone lives here?" he asked his car, imagining his mother’s voice answering. "Probably not, but it's a good place for my letter."

Ethan stood there for a moment longer, feeling a bit silly but also comforted by the act.

"Okay, let's go home now," he said to the car. "Maybe we'll come back tomorrow."

As he walked home, his mind wandered to thoughts of his mother, picturing her reading his letter and smiling.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

"I hope you like my letters, Mom," he whispered, clutching the toy car even tighter. "I'll keep writing them, I promise."

Advertisement

When he reached his house, his dad was still sitting at the table in the living room. Ethan paused at the doorway, watching his father for a moment.

"Dad," he said quietly, but Jacob didn't respond. Sighing, Ethan headed to his room, pulling out another piece of paper to write another letter to his mom.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

"Dear Mom," he began, "I found a new place to leave my letters for you. It's an old, abandoned house, and it feels like a special spot just for us..."

As he wrote, he felt the sadness lifting just a little, finding solace in the connection created, even if it was only in his imagination.

"Goodnight, Mom," he whispered to the toy car on his bedside table before drifting off to sleep.

Advertisement
For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

***

The next day, Ethan felt a strange urge to visit the abandoned house again. He wanted to leave his new letter in that mailbox.

As he approached the gate, he noticed something different. The mailbox was slightly open. Ethan's heart raced as he looked around.

Inside, he found a folded piece of paper. It was a letter addressed to ... him. He unfolded it and began to read.

"Dear Ethan," it started. "Thank you for sharing your beautiful words. Your letters have touched my heart. Please don't stop writing. With love, Clara."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Advertisement

Ethan was so absorbed in the letter that he didn't hear the front door of the house creak open. A woman stepped out quietly.

She was older, with silver hair and kind, but sad eyes. She watched Ethan read her letter, a gentle smile forming on her face.

Suddenly, Ethan felt a presence and looked up, startled. He nearly dropped the letter.

"Oh! I'm sorry!" he exclaimed, taking a step back. "I didn't mean to intrude."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

The woman held up her hand in a calming gesture. "It's alright, dear," she said softly. "I'm Clara. I've been reading your letter."

Ethan blinked in surprise. "You...you read them?"

Advertisement

Clara nodded. "Yes, and they've brought me a lot of comfort. Your letter reminded me of my own son. I lost my family years ago."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

"I miss my mom so much," Ethan said, his voice barely above a whisper.

Clara stepped closer, her eyes filled with empathy.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Advertisement

"I know, Ethan. Grief is a heavy burden to carry. But sharing your feelings, even through letters, can help lighten that load."

A loud, angry voice interrupted them just then, “Clara!”

A tall, stern-looking man marched towards them. "It's time you left, Clara," Mr. Harrow said harshly. "You've had enough time to grieve. This house belonged to my brother, and now it's mine."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Clara stood her ground, her eyes blazing. "There was no will, Mr. Harrow. My husband died young, along with our son. Your so-called will is a forgery!"

Mr. Harrow sneered, "You have no choice. I'm taking the house. You've overstayed your welcome."

Advertisement

As Ethan stepped forward, trying to understand the situation, Mr. Harrow finally noticed him. "And who is this? Why are kids wandering around my property?"

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Ethan, clutching his letter, stammered, "I...I was just leaving a letter for my mom..."

Mr. Harrow's eyes narrowed, "Letter? What letter?"

He snatched the letter from Ethan’s hands and started tearing it up. "You’re littering this place with your trash!"

Ethan’s heart broke as he saw pieces of his letters flutter to the grass. He watched helplessly as Mr. Harrow destroyed his heartfelt messages.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Advertisement

Then Clara stepped forward and said, "How could you do that? He’s just a child, grieving his mother."

But Ethan already run away, his mind racing.

"Why was Mr. Harrow so mean? And why did he want to remove Clara from her house? She seems so nice," he whispered to his toy car as he ran. "Mom, what should I do?"

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

He knew he had to do something, but he wasn’t sure what. All he knew was that he couldn’t let Mr. Harrow win. Clara needed help, and maybe, just maybe, his father could provide it.

Breathless, Ethan clutched his toy car tighter, "I won't let him hurt Clara, Mom. I promise I'll help her."

Advertisement

***

Distraught, Ethan burst through the front door, tears streaming down his face.

"Dad! Dad, I need your help!" he shouted, rushing into the kitchen where Jacob was sitting.

Jacob looked up, startled, "Ethan, what's wrong?"

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

"It's Mr. Harrow! He wants to kick Clara out of her house! He tore up my letters, Dad. We have to help her!" Ethan pleaded.

Jacob sighed and rubbed his temples, clearly confused.

"Ethan, calm down. I don't understand. Who is Mr. Harrow? Who is Clara? And what letters are you talking about?"

Advertisement

Ethan continued to cry out, his words slurred, "Clara.. abandoned ... letters .. for Mom! Mr. Harrow! Tore them up!"

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Jacob didn't want to deal with the situation and tried to calm Ethan down.

"Ethan, stop shouting. This isn't our problem. You shouldn't be getting involved in things that don't concern you."

Ethan was still in a panic and didn't calm down. He continued to cry and plead with his father.

Jacob was frustrated and did not fully understand the situation. He took the torn pieces of the letters from Ethan's hands. "That's enough, Ethan. You need to go to your room and think about your behavior."

Advertisement

Ethan felt utterly helpless, and ran out of the house, slamming the door behind him. His heart pounded as he ran towards the police station, determined to find someone who would listen and help Clara.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

***

When Ethan arrived at the station, which was on the next street, he breathlessly explained everything to the officer at the desk, hoping they would take action.

"Officer, please, you have to help! Mr. Harrow is trying to kick Clara out of her house! He tore up my letters, and he's being so mean!" Ethan exclaimed, tears streaming down his face.

The officer listened patiently, nodding as Ethan spoke.

Advertisement
For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

"Calm down, son," he said gently. "I understand you're upset, but Mr. Harrow has already informed us about this. He's claiming the house is rightfully his."

Ethan's eyes widened in disbelief. "But Clara lives there! It's her home!"

The officer sighed and continued, "The problem is, Clara doesn't have any documents to prove ownership of the house. She mentioned she lost them. Without those papers, there's not much we can do."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Advertisement

Ethan felt a lump in his throat, "But that's not fair! She's lived there for so long! You have to help her!"

The officer shook his head sympathetically. "I'm sorry, Ethan. I know this is hard for you to understand, but without those documents, Mr. Harrow has the legal right to the property. It's best if you go home now. I'll walk you back."

Feeling defeated, Ethan nodded slowly.

"Okay," he whispered, his voice trembling. The officer took Ethan's hand and guided him out of the station.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

***

When they arrived at his house, a worried Jacob had just returned home.

Advertisement

"Ethan, where have you been?" he demanded. "I've been searching for you at all the neighbors' houses."

Ethan looked down, "I went to the police, Dad. I thought they could help."

Jacob sighed deeply and pulled Ethan into a hug, "I'm not mad, Ethan. I just don't want you to get hurt."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Jacob glanced at the letters on the kitchen table, the ones he had found when Ethan ran away. He had read a few of them and realized how much empathy and love Ethan had in his heart and how little attention he had been giving to his son's feelings and struggles.

After a long moment of silence, Jacob made a decision.

Advertisement

"Alright, Ethan. Let's go talk to Clara. She can stay with us until we figure this out."

Ethan's eyes lit up with hope. "Really, Dad?"

Jacob nodded, a small smile on his face, "Yes, really. Let's go help her."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Father and son walked back to Clara's house together, ready to offer her the shelter and support she needed.

Little did they know, Mr. Harrow, hidden in the shadows, was watching them with narrowed eyes, already plotting his next move to reclaim the property. He had no intention of backing down.

***

Advertisement

Clara, Jacob, and Ethan began living together. The three of them quickly formed a close bond.

Every morning, Clara prepared breakfast while humming a cheerful tune. Her delicious cooking and the flowers she planted in the garden brought life back into the house.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

"Ethan, come help me plant these flowers," Clara called out one sunny afternoon.

Ethan ran over, excited, "What kind are they, Clara?"

"These are marigolds. They'll add a beautiful splash of color to the garden," she replied, handing him a small shovel.

As they worked together, Ethan chatted away, pretending to talk to his toy car. "Mom, look at these flowers! Aren't they pretty?" he whispered, imagining his mother was there with him.

Advertisement
For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Jacob watched from the kitchen window, a small smile on his face. Clara’s presence had a calming effect on him. He found himself smiling more and even started joining Ethan and Clara for activities.

"Jacob, dinner’s ready!" Clara called out one evening.

Jacob came to the table, the aroma of Clara’s home-cooked meal filling the room. "Smells wonderful, Clara. Thank you."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Advertisement

Ethan chimed in, "Yeah, Clara, you’re the best cook ever!"

Clara laughed, a warm, hearty sound, "Thank you, Ethan. I love cooking for you both."

After dinner, Clara and Ethan settled on the couch with a book of fairy tales.

"Once upon a time," Clara began, and Ethan snuggled closer, listening intently. These moments became a cherished part of their daily routine. Ethan's sadness began to lift, bit by bit, replaced by the warmth of Clara's love and stories.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

A few months passed quickly. The legal situation with Clara’s house was resolved in her favor. The ownership documents were found in the registry, proving her rightful claim to the house. Mr. Harrow's will was confirmed to be a forgery, and he received only a verbal warning to stay away from Clara, as she chose not to press charges against him.

Advertisement

Jacob and Ethan went with Clara to her house, carrying a mix of hope and sadness.

"I don't want you to go, Clara," Ethan said, his voice trembling.

Jacob placed a hand on Ethan’s shoulder. "We can still visit, Ethan."

When they arrived, they were shocked to see the destruction. Mr. Harrow had demolished half of it with the help of hired workers and a crane.

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

For illustration purposes only | Source: Pexels

Clara’s eyes filled with tears. "How could he do this?"

Ethan looked up at his father, his eyes pleading, "Dad, we have to do something."

Advertisement

Jacob’s face hardened,. "We will, Ethan. I promise." He turned to Clara. "I'm going to personally sue Mr. Harrow for this. He won’t get away with it."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Clara nodded, wiping her tears. "Thank you, Jacob."

Jacob looked at Ethan, then back at Clara.

"You’ll stay with us. We’ll all work together to fix up your home. You’ve become a dear person to both of us, Clara."

Then Ethan gave Clara his toy car. "You’re part of our family now," he said, offering it as a sign of trust and acceptance. It was the most precious thing he had, symbolizing how much she meant to him and how she had become an important part of their lives.

Advertisement
For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Clara’s eyes softened as she hugged Ethan back. "Thank you, Ethan. Thank you, Jacob. You’ve both given me a second chance at happiness."

Together, they headed back home, ready to face the challenges ahead. The bond they had formed was strong, and they knew that together, they could overcome anything.

As they walked, Ethan held his toy car close and whispered, "Mom, Clara is staying with us. She makes me happy, and I think you would like her too."

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

For illustration purposes only | Source: Midjourney

Advertisement

Tell us what you think about this story, and share it with your friends. It might inspire them and brighten their day.

If you enjoyed this story, read this one: Chloe found her foster daughter, Alicia, covered in oil paint at home. She knew Alicia had been at Orin's studio. Orin, their neighbor, was an artist in his fifties, and Chloe was in love with him. To stop Alicia from making a big mistake, Chloe was ready to reveal an old family secret. Read the full story here.

This piece is inspired by stories from the everyday lives of our readers and written by a professional writer. Any resemblance to actual names or locations is purely coincidental. All images are for illustration purposes only. Share your story with us; maybe it will change someone’s life. If you would like to share your story, please send it to info@amomama.com.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Firefighter Saves then Adopts Orphan Boy who Finds Mom’s Photo in Father’s Room 40 Years Later – Story of the Day

May 31, 2024

My Husband Left Me and Our Toddler in Economy Class and Went to Business Himself – He Regretted It So Much in a Few Days

July 08, 2024

After Millionaire Husband’s Death, Old Widow Is Forced to Live In Dirty Old Trailer – Story of the Day

May 28, 2024

My 5-Year-Old Son Objected to My Wedding – His Reason Made Everyone Go Pale

June 25, 2024

My Uber Driver Turned out to Be My Mom's Ex – When He Saw My Wrist, He Told Me a Truth I Was Not Ready to Hear

July 01, 2024

My Husband Won't Let Me Take More than Two Showers a Week - I Learned His Reason When I Visited My MIL

April 25, 2024

My Wedding Turned into a Nightmare When My Fiancé's Ex Barged in with an Envelope in Her Hands

June 21, 2024

I Found the Key to a Forbidden Room in My Fiancé’s House and Was Dying of Curiosity Until I Looked Inside — Story of the Day

July 02, 2024

Woman Finds Love Letters in the Trash and Replies, One Day a Stranger Showes up on Her Porch — Story of the Day

May 31, 2024

I Found a Doll That Looks Just like Me in My MIL's House, I Thought It Was a Coincidence until I Showed It to My Husband

June 06, 2024

Bride Runs Away from Her Own Wedding after Getting a Mysterious Wedding Gift – Story of the Day

July 12, 2024

My Boyfriend Proposed to Me Only 3 Months after We Met — I Was over the Moon until I Found Out Why

July 02, 2024

I Chose an Old Photo Album Instead of $10,000 My Grandpa Left as His Inheritance — Its Secret Changed My Life

May 30, 2024

Our Entitled Landlord Refused to Return Our Deposit, So We Taught Him a Lesson

July 04, 2024