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My Grandpa Pretended to Be Deaf to Test Us before Dividing the Inheritance — I Couldn’t Help but Laugh at the Will Reading

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Jun 06, 2024
02:25 P.M.

My grandpa's will revealed a shocking secret: for months, he had been pretending to be deaf, listening to everything we said about him. As his true feelings unfolded in the lawyer's office, our family's hidden greed and genuine love came to light, leaving us all stunned and forever changed.

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My grandpa was the best. From the time I was a little girl, he was my favorite person in the world. Grandpa Harold could light up any room with his laughter and endless jokes. He always had a twinkle in his eye that spoke of mischief and a heart full of love for his family.

Grandpa Harold | Source: Midjourney

Grandpa Harold | Source: Midjourney

When Grandpa passed away, I felt a deep emptiness. I missed our long talks, his wise advice, and, most of all, his playful spirit. One memory that always made me smile was when Grandpa pulled off a clever prank that became legendary in our family.

It was April Fool's Day, and Grandpa decided to play a trick on everyone. He told us he had hidden a hundred-dollar bill somewhere in the house.

Little Jane found the note in the cooky jar | Source: Midjourney

Little Jane found the note in the cooky jar | Source: Midjourney

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We spent hours turning the place upside down, only to find a note in the cookie jar that said, "Fooled you! The best treasures are the moments we share." We all laughed, and Grandpa's eyes twinkled with delight.

Now, sitting in the lawyer's office, I couldn't help but feel sad. Grandpa was gone, and the family was about to hear his will. Everyone was nervous, but I believed everyone would receive what they wanted. Grandpa was generous, after all.

Grandpa writes his will | Source: Midjourney

Grandpa writes his will | Source: Midjourney

The lawyer cleared his throat and began reading Grandpa's letter.

"Hello, my dear family! Today, many of you will leave this room very disappointed because you won’t get what you wanted. Moreover, probably only one person will leave here with a smile because, for the past two months, I’ve been pretending. I didn’t actually lose my hearing. I heard everything you said about me. So, let’s get started with my dear son, John."

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John acted like he couldn't wait for his father to die | Source: Midjourney

John acted like he couldn't wait for his father to die | Source: Midjourney

"John, you have always been a dutiful son, but recently, I overheard you complaining about how much of a burden I had become. You said you couldn’t wait for the 'old man' to pass so you could get your hands on my money. Well, John, you’ll be disappointed to know that you won’t be receiving a single penny."

John’s face turned beet red, and he sank lower into his chair.

Susan talks on her phone | Source: Midjourney

Susan talks on her phone | Source: Midjourney

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The lawyer continued, "To my daughter, Susan. Susan, a few times I heard you talking on the phone while you were in the next room. I don’t know who you talked to, but I understood that you have huge debts and you were waiting for me to die to get my inheritance and pay them off. That’s why you get $1. Hope it is enough to cover your debts."

Susan gasped, "What? This can't be true! I never said that!"

Shocked John and Susan | Source: Midjourney

Shocked John and Susan | Source: Midjourney

The lawyer looked at her calmly, "Susan, this is what your father wrote. Let's move on."

The room grew tense. Everyone shifted in their seats, unsure of what would come next.

Susan's eyes filled with tears. She started screaming and crying. The lawyer then moved on to my cousin, Emily.

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Emily laughs at the thought of her inheritance | Source: Midjourney

Emily laughs at the thought of her inheritance | Source: Midjourney

"Emily, you were always so sweet to my face, but behind my back, you were eager for me to die. You made bets on how long I'd last and laughed at the thought of getting my money. Emily, you too will receive nothing."

Emily's jaw dropped. She looked around in disbelief. The room was thick with tension and mixed emotions. Some were relieved, others were devastated. But the biggest shock was yet to come.

Harold thinks about Jane | Source: Midjourney

Harold thinks about Jane | Source: Midjourney

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"And finally, to my beloved granddaughter, Jane," the lawyer read. I felt my breath catch in my throat. "Jane, you spent hours talking to me, sharing your life, and listening to my stories. You never treated me like a burden.

"Your genuine love and compassion shone through in every conversation. For that, I am leaving you everything I have, including my houses and company. My deputy, Peter, will help you run the company, but in the future, after you finish college, you will have to do it on your own."

Jane talks to her grandfather | Source: Midjourney

Jane talks to her grandfather | Source: Midjourney

I was stunned. My grandpa's company was worth a fortune. I had always loved him, not for his money, but for the wisdom and joy he brought into my life. Tears welled in my eyes as the lawyer continued, "Jane, I trust you to run the company with the same integrity and love you showed me. Make me proud."

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As the lawyer finished reading, I couldn't help but laugh through my tears. My grandpa had orchestrated the perfect test, revealing everyone's true colors. His clever prank taught us a valuable lesson about love, greed, and what truly matters in life.

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Supportive man | Source: Pexels

"Jane," Peter said softly, "I had no idea Grandpa was planning this. But I'll do my best to help you with the company."

"Thanks, Peter," I replied, still trying to process everything. "I guess we have a lot to talk about."

John was fuming. "This is unfair! I was his son! I deserved more!"

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Susan, still crying, added, "We all did. This is just cruel."

Emily, who had been quiet, finally spoke. "Maybe this is what we needed. A wake-up call. Grandpa always knew how to get us to see things differently."

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Sad woman | Source: Pexels

John, looking defeated, said, "I guess there's nothing we can do now. It's done."

The lawyer packed up his papers. "If anyone has questions, feel free to contact my office. But remember, this was Harold's final wish."

The family slowly began to disperse. Some were still grumbling, others were deep in thought. I stayed behind with Emily, who looked relieved and sad at the same time.

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Sad woman with her head down | Source: Pexels

"Jane," Emily said gently, "Harold saw something special in you. He knew you could handle this."

"I hope so," I replied. "I just want to make him proud."

She hugged me. "You will, Jane. You always have."

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Female friends hug | Source: Pexels

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As we left the lawyer's office, I couldn't help but reflect on Grandpa's final act. It was a wake-up call for the entire family. Some were ashamed, others grateful, but we all learned something that day.

True wealth isn't measured by money or possessions, but by the love and respect we give and receive. My grandpa's final act was a testament to his wisdom and unique way of teaching us all a lesson we would never forget.

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Hopeful woman on a beach | Source: Pexels

Walking out into the sunlight, I felt a sense of peace. Grandpa's legacy was more than just his fortune; it was the love he showed and the lessons he imparted. I knew I had a big responsibility ahead, but with Grandpa's memory guiding me, I felt ready to face whatever came next.

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My Grandpa with Alzheimer's Couldn't Remember Anyone except One Woman – He Proposed to Her before Our Whole Family

Do you believe in moments of pure magic, even amid the harshest realities? Picture this: a man lost to Alzheimer's, suddenly proposing to the love of his life, leaving everyone around in tears. This heartwarming story of my Grandpa Jim is one you won't forget.

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Man sitting on a bench in a park | Source: Pexels

Grandpa Jim has always been the sweetest man. He would tell the best stories, always had a smile on his face, and was the heart of our family. Watching him get diagnosed with Alzheimer's and become forgetful has been incredibly hard for all of us.

It's heartbreaking to see the man who once knew everything about us struggle to remember our names or where he is. Growing up, Grandpa Jim was my hero. He was a tall, robust man with a booming laugh that could fill a room.

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Senior man giving hi five to a friend | Source: Pexels

Every summer, our family would gather around the campfire in the backyard, and Grandpa would spin the most enchanting tales. One night, as the fire crackled and the stars twinkled above us, he told us about his adventures traveling across the country in his youth.

"There was this one time," he said, his eyes twinkling with mischief, "I hitchhiked all the way to California just to see the Pacific Ocean. Best decision I ever made, aside from marrying your grandma."

Grandfather bonding with his grandchildren | Source: Pexels

Grandfather bonding with his grandchildren | Source: Pexels

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Grandpa Jim's stories were always the highlight of our family gatherings. He had a way of bringing the past to life, making us feel like we were right there with him, experiencing every twist and turn.

But those days feel like a lifetime ago now. These days, Grandpa is a shadow of his former self. The disease has taken so much from him, from all of us. One evening, I overheard my mom talking to Aunt Linda in the kitchen.

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This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided as is,” and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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