Stories of Kindness from Around the World

An image that helped him during WWII was tragically destroyed, until now


--by alisamom, posted May 27, 2017
When my dad was a little child during WWII in Germany, a picture of a guarding angel hung over his bed. He had lost both his parents by the time he was 20, but he still had this picture, which by then was badly deteriorated.

In his middle age, he brought it to a local artist to have it restored. The artist kept it for a year and eventually, my dad got upset and wanted it back. When he went to pick it up, the artist tore it into pieces in front of my dad saying that it's a worthless piece of paper because it was just a generic print on cardstock.

Well, my dad's family was poor and it was from WWII when nobody had money, yet it was still valuable for my dad! After that, my parents kept the pieces in the back of a closet for many years.

Last year while visiting home I asked them to give me the pieces - at least a dozen of them, with several pieces missing. I gave them all to my husband, who carefully scanned everything to digitize it, and then he spent pretty much every spare minute he had in the last 6 months to restore this painting on his PC.

This is his restored version, which we are now having printed on canvas and my dad will get it as a belated Father's Day gift in about 2 weeks.
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cinnamonhead wrote: I can't believe that someone was so thoughtless just to rip it up because he thought it had no value, but am happy for your dad that he can finally have his picture back after so many years, i'm sure his face was worth the wait!
kmbhai wrote: vow! what a kind gift to your father. its really very heart touching. Thanks to your husband for his kind help. he is really very great person.
Sarah wrote: Can you please let us know what happens when your dad receives this gift. I'd love to hear. How lovely of you and your husband to do this.
Virginia Reeves wrote: When the time comes, i hope you will welcome this amazing gift back into your home. I'm sure it would mean a lot to your father to know it stays in the family. In the meantime, enjoy his pleasure.
Susan wrote: Please let us know of your father's response on receiving this precious gift of love
Susan wrote: Please tell us about your father's response on receiving this precious gift
Khanna wrote: Thank you for sharing this beautiful gift. Your husband is a lovely person and i have no doubt that is because you are a beautiful person, i have no doubt his respect for your father is a reflection of how good you are to him. It was a reflection of who you are and what you both are together. May god grant you blessings for years to come.
Diane wrote: As andicas wrote. There is a lot of pollen in the air. , i am all teary as well. ! What a wonderful story of
Kindness, thoughtfulness, and pure love. You and your husband are very special people. ! God bless you both!
Novice50 wrote: That is amazing - what a wonderful man your husband is! And yourself as well - to think of it and make it happen. A rare gift.
moonwalk wrote: Such a loving thing to do!!

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