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The Twin Brothers Raised By An Alcoholic Father

Twin brothers raised by alcoholic fatherA tale of two brothers, each shares the same dark past…


A reporter sat on a city sidewalk next to a homeless man, ready to record his story for her article. Resting on the man’s lap was a backpack that contained all the belongings he had in the world.

The reporter opened her notebook and clicked her pen. “How did you end up here?” she asked gently, “How did you become homeless?”

The man quickly revealed that it was all because of his childhood, as he’d grown up with a father who was a raging alcoholic. Each evening his father would guzzle beer after beer, then take his anger out on his twin sons.

Not only would the father use physical violence, but he would use evil words to crush the spirit of his sons. Day after day, year after year.

“After a childhood like that,” said the man, what chance did I have? Of course I ended up being an alcoholic myself after what I had been through, and only having my father as an example. Over the years of drinking I lost everything and now here I am homeless on this sidewalk.”


The reporter was moved by the homeless man’s story, and she couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to his twin brother.

The twin who overcame his childhoodWith some work she was able to track him down, but she was in for a shock.

When she met the twin brother her jaw dropped to see that he was living in a large house and had been a successful businessman for many years. He smiled warmly while introducing her to his family and showing her around the house.

When she asked him how come he hadn’t ended up an alcoholic like his father, his answer was clear:
With a childhood like that, there was no way I would ever touch a drop of alcohol or anything like it! Instead I strove to be a better person and make a happy life for myself.”


I like this story because it delivers a simple yet powerful message about life—> how we look at things can end up deciding our future.

The only thing separating the twin brothers was the way they looked at their childhood, yet it made all the difference in the world!