They provided food, shelter, support, and so much more throughout your entire childhood. Now you are a grown adult with a good head on your shoulders, and a future that is brighter because of their love.
So what have you done to repay your parents (or grandparents) for everything they have given you?
How about pay off the mortgage on their home?
Well that’s exactly what 24-year-old Stefun Darts did for his grandparents. Not because he felt obligated to do it, nor because they needed the financial help.
Darts wanted to do it, in appreciation for the sacrifices they made to raise him as a child.
At only 8 years old, Darts made a promise to himself and God that he would give back in a big way to his grandparents one day. But it was a promise that would require dedication, hard work, and sacrifice.
Darts ate mostly at home, consuming the cheapest meals he could find. And he would consistently turn down offers to hang out with friends, resulting in the loss of many friendships because they couldn’t understand why he was being selfish and frugal.
Determined to save every dime he made, Darts started working at a grocery store in high school, then a call center. He also held a job at a pizzeria and obtained licenses to sell real estate and life insurance.
Now a fulltime college student at San Jacinto community college near Houston, Darts currently holds two jobs (working as a material handler and one as a loan officer). With their help, he finally scraped together enough money to present his grandparents with a check for $15,000.
It was an amount that would not only pay off their mortgage, but also go towards a trip for the two of them to the Bahamas.
Darts says his grandparents are not in financial trouble, and both of them continue working full time. So why did he do it then?
Why did he pay off their mortgage and send them on a vacation, when instead he could have continued saving for his own future?
Here is his heart warming response in a TODAY interview:
“If I can do anything, with every bone in my body, I will sacrifice because I don’t know how long they have on this earth. No one is guaranteed. I will sacrifice that fun, because that fun is temporary.
They want to work still, but they don’t have to. They’re working to pay off a car, and miscellaneous bills. They want to live life. And that’s what it’s about it. It’s all about living.”
Darts said not everyone agreed with his decisions, and that it’s been especially difficult to develop relationships with the ladies when he doesn’t want to go out and do anything with them. But he says he wouldn’t have it any other way, and that he is honored to do this for the two people that raised him to become the man he is today.
Here is an excerpt from a post Darts made on his Facebook page:
“I promised God in the second grade I would pay off you guys house and help you retire. A promise I would never break. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt by the heart.
Even with this, I could never repay you for what you’ve done for me. I sacrificed my teenage and early adulthood of not having fun for this moment. I couldn’t stand you going to work at night, some nights I didn’t even sleep knowing it shouldn’t be like this. Never have I wrote a check wanting this to be the first one.
Somethings was never said and I’m glad you guys had enough sense to understand I had something greater to complete. Take this check and pay your house off, and retire from work. I’ll sacrifice everything for my la familia.”