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Our Granddaughter Sent Us a Note with Disgusting Text Demanding $5000 — So We Decided to Teach Her a Lesson

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Jul 02, 2024
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When my granddaughter Sarah's wedding plans took an unexpected turn, my husband Jim and I were forced to confront her shocking sense of entitlement. What began as excitement for her big day quickly spiraled into a lesson on gratitude and respect that neither of us could have anticipated.

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Alright, people, I need to get this off my chest. My granddaughter, Sarah, is getting married soon, and we were over the moon for her. My husband, Jim, and I couldn't have been happier when she told us the news. We started talking about the wedding right away, thinking about how we could help make it special. But then, everything changed a few days ago.

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Happy elderly couple | Source: Pexels

We got a letter from Sarah that left us both speechless. I still remember the moment I opened it. Inside was a quotation for $5,000 and a note that felt like a slap in the face.

"I want a vacation with my fiancé on my birthday this year," the note read. "Pay for it. I hope you saved up enough after years of cheap trash gifts for me."

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Elderly woman looks at a note | Source: Pexels

Let me give you some background. Jim and I have always tried to be there for Sarah. We're not rich, but we've given what we could. Over the years, we've made her handmade quilts, given her heirloom jewelry, and even helped with a down payment for her car. We also covered some of her college expenses.

We always thought these things meant something to her.

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Elderly man hugs his granddaughter | Source: Pexels

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Back to the present. Jim and I sat down at the kitchen table, the letter and quotation lying between us like a bad omen. My hands trembled with anger and hurt.

"Can you believe this?" I asked, holding the letter out to him. Tears pricked at my eyes. "After everything we've done for her?"

Jim's face was a mask of disappointment. "This is just plain wrong," he said, his voice heavy with sadness. "We've given her so much, and this is how she repays us?"

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Sad elderly couple | Source: Pexels

I could feel my heart breaking, but underneath the hurt, a spark of resolve was growing. "We can't let this go," I said firmly. "She needs to understand that her actions have consequences."

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Jim nodded slowly. "You're right. She needs to learn gratitude and respect. But how do we make her see that?"

We decided to gather everything we had ever given Sarah. The decision weighed heavily on our hearts, but we knew it was necessary. We began in the attic, where we stored many precious items over the years.

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A messy attic | Source: Midjourney

"Start with the quilts," Jim suggested quietly, opening a large cedar chest. The quilts I had spent months making for Sarah were folded neatly inside. I ran my fingers over the intricate patterns, remembering the countless hours I had put into each stitch.

"These quilts were made with love," I said softly, tears threatening to fall. "I thought she cherished them."

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The grandma looks at the quilt she made | Source: Midjourney

The grandma looks at the quilt she made | Source: Midjourney

Jim placed a comforting hand on my shoulder. "She might realize their value someday," he said. Together, we carefully folded the quilts and placed them in a large box.

Next, we moved to the guest room where Sarah often stayed. I opened the jewelry box on the dresser, revealing the heirloom pieces I had given her. Each piece had a story, a memory attached to it. I picked up a delicate gold necklace that had belonged to my mother.

"Do you remember when I gave her this?" I asked Jim, holding up the necklace. "She wore it to her high school graduation."

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Necklace on the table | Source: Pexels

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Jim nodded, his expression somber. "I remember. It's a shame she left it behind."

We carefully packed the jewelry, wrapping each piece in tissue paper to protect it. The box filled quickly with the items she had left behind over the years: the bracelet from her Sweet Sixteen, the locket she wore to prom, and the earrings she had borrowed for her first job interview.

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Box with clearly packed stuff | Source: Pexels

In the garage, we found the old bike we had bought her for her tenth birthday. It was a little rusty but still in good shape. "She loved this bike," Jim said, his voice tinged with nostalgia. "She rode it every day after school."

I smiled sadly, remembering the joy on her face when she first saw it. We wheeled the bike out and placed it next to the boxes.

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Finally, we gathered the photographs and mementos from family trips and holidays. There were so many memories captured in those pictures: Sarah blowing out birthday candles, opening presents on Christmas morning, and laughing during summer barbecues. Each photo was a reminder of happier times.

Jim's eyes met mine, understanding dawning in his expression. "And the quotation?"

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Jim nodded and reached for the phone. As he made the call to the bank, I started gathering all the gifts we had given Sarah over the years. It was painful, but necessary. I carefully packed the handmade quilts, the heirloom jewelry, and other cherished items into boxes. Each item reminded me of happier times, but I pushed those thoughts aside.

We also decided to withdraw our financial support for Sarah's wedding. I contacted the wedding planner and explained our decision. She was shocked, but understood when I told her about the situation.

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Elderly man talks on the phone | Source: Pexels

"We've always prided ourselves on being generous," I told Jim. "But we refuse to be taken for granted."

Next, we wrote a final letter to Sarah.

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Elderly woman writes a letter | Source: Pexels

Dear Sarah,

Your recent letter hurt us deeply. We have always given you our love and support, not out of obligation, but out of love. Your words and actions show a lack of gratitude and respect that we cannot ignore. We hope this difficult experience will help you reflect on your behavior and learn the importance of appreciation and humility. Love isn't about material gifts; it's about valuing the people who care for you. We hope you understand our decision and take this opportunity to grow.

Love always,

Grandma and Grandpa

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We wanted her to understand that this wasn't just about money or gifts. It was about respect, gratitude, and the love we had always shown her. We hoped our words would make her think about her actions and their impact on others. Then, with heavy hearts, we drove to an orphanage and donated all the gifts that seemed like useless garbage to Sarah.

The fallout was swift. Sarah called us the next day, her voice shaking with anger. "How could you do this to me?" she shouted. "You're supposed to love and support me! You're ruining my wedding and my life!"

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Angry crying woman talks on the phone | Source: Pexels

I took a deep breath, trying to stay calm. "Sarah, we do love you. But love is not about giving in to every demand. It's about helping you become a better person. You need to learn gratitude and respect."

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"You're cruel!" she screamed. "I can't believe you would do this!"

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Woman cries on her phone in front of her laptop | Source: Pexels

She hung up on us, leaving us in stunned silence. We knew our actions would hurt, but it was still painful to hear her so angry. Over the next few days, we heard through the family grapevine that Sarah was telling everyone how "cruel" we were and how we had "abandoned" her.

Some relatives sided with Sarah, believing we were too harsh. Others, however, reached out to express their support. "You did the right thing," one cousin said. "She needed to learn a lesson."

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Reflecting on everything, Jim and I still stand by our decision. It's been a tough situation, but we believe in the importance of teaching tough lessons for personal growth. We hope that in time, Sarah will reevaluate her attitude and values. Love is not about giving in to every whim; it's about guiding loved ones to become better people.

If you liked this woman's revenge on her entitled granddaughter, here's another one!

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Angry teenage girl | Source: Pexels

Our Youngest Granddaughter Accused Us of Choosing a 'Disgusting' Hotel as a Gift for Her Honeymoon — Our Lesson to Her Was Priceless

When Connie and Jim's granddaughter, Mae, just got married, they decided to contribute to her honeymoon. But when they reveal their choice of hotel, Mae responds with entitlement, saying that they ruined everything for her. Instead of retaliating, the couple decides to teach her a lesson.

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I've always been the doting grandmother. It was something that I looked forward to after having my children. I didn't think that I'd share my story here, but this was too outrageous to keep to myself. This is how my husband, Jim, and I taught our youngest granddaughter a lesson she won't soon forget.

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An elderly couple at the beach | Source: Pexels

Our youngest granddaughter, Mae, is getting married. She's always been a bit of a princess, expecting the best of everything.

"I'm high maintenance, Gran," she would tell me, often while painting her nails or doing something of the sort.

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A woman painting her nails | Source: Pexels

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But because she's the youngest, Jim and I got to spend the most time with her after we began slowing down with our jobs. So, when her boyfriend, Nathan, proposed, we were cautiously optimistic.

"I don't think she's rushing into it," Jim told me as we sat down to breakfast one morning. "But I just wish that she would wait a little longer, you know, give us time to get involved in the wedding."

Want to know what happened next? Click here to read the rest of the story.

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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