The following is a short story written by one of our students! Congratulations, Mohammed, for writing this story. We are honored to publish it.
It has been 10 years since his life took a depressing turn. Jack was a normal man who did not have any unique thing in his life, except his wife. He lost his wife Mary due to a shocking accident. She was everything for him, she was the life. He has suffered for 10 years and tried to recover. However, he gave up and became a retiree when he was 62 years old.
On July 31, 1975, Jack woke up early morning in Orlando. He washed his face trying to scrub away the depression! He went to Mary’s favourite place which was the kitchen. He prepared an American coffee in a sunny day by a wonderful machine that was a gift from Mary. He brought the golden-brown cup and started to cry when he saw one of many pictures that told how Mary was everything! It was taken in front of a rental villa on Miami Beach 20 years ago. That picture showed the unique piece that his whole life was based on, but it has collapsed since he lost her. However, he remembered how she always said to him that you should smile whenever you remember me! So, he stopped crying and went to his balcony to read the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
After that, he started to read on his usual chair and drank slowly. On the first page, a lottery advertising was there with $1,000,000 as a prize. He read it three times and thought “Should I gamble? Yes Jack, they are just five steps toward a mailbox”, he said. He cut the part of that advertising and filled his information. After that, he went downstairs to the mailbox to send what he has filled in his lottery ticket.
The next day, he sat down on the balcony and read the newspaper as usual. He became shocked and said, “It is incredible, I am the winner!!” This was right, Jack won $1,000,000 in the lottery. Consequently, these five steps to the mailbox were his start to get rid of his pale face and start fresh!
In the afternoon, Jack went to the lottery company and received the prize. He went back to Mary’s pictures to think about a plan. After that, he decided his future and moved to Miami to buy the villa first that was behind Mary and him when they took the picture. He started his business which was Mary’s Resort on Miami Beach. He lived for 18 years more and died when he was 80 years old in 1993. Finally, they were just five steps, but worth it.