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Late Grandma Leaves Piñata for Poor Grandson’s B-Day, Only Old Key Falls Out after Smashing It – Story of the Day

Roshanak Hannani
Sep 04, 2022
09:30 A.M.
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When Patrick turned 18, he finally got to see his late grandmother's will, which included a piñata for his birthday celebration. He gathered his friends to break it, and an old key fell out, surprising his guests. He knew exactly where it led but had no idea what he would discover inside.

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"Everything is going to be alright, Patrick," his legal guardian, Mrs. Smith, patted his shoulders.

Patrick rearranged his suit jacket once again and waited impatiently at the lawyer's office. He was finally 18, and they were there to finalize his inheritance, which his grandmother, Lucille, had left for him when she died five years ago.

Everyone stopped and stared. They had no idea what it was for, but Patrick knew instinctively and immediately. It was the mystery his grandmother had kept from him.

He didn't get it right away because he was a minor and had to go live with Mrs. Smith, but it was time to become an adult.

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Patrick had a rough idea of what he would receive, such as his grandmother's house, where he had grown up after losing his parents. But he had no idea if there was something more, although he suspected there was based on something mysterious his grandmother never got to reveal.

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Before he could wonder too much about it, the lawyer entered the office and got down to business. As expected, Patrick received his grandmother's house, which was fully paid for, and her savings, which was more than enough to cover inheritance tax and other matters.

"There's one more thing," the attorney added after reading most of the will. "Your grandmother knew she was dying and prepared something special for you: a piñata. She said she was sorry she couldn't make more to make up for all your birthdays she'd be missing."

Patrick smiled and couldn't speak. His grandmother's piñatas were famous among his friends. She could design them in popular characters or any theme he ever wanted, and she would fill them with the best candies. It warmed Patrick's heart that even in her final days of dealing with a terminal disease, she took the time to make something special for him.

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"That’s wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Collins." Patrick stood up to shake hands with the lawyer. He received the keys to the house and decided to move there immediately.

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Mrs. Smith was happy for him. She had raised and supported him after so much loss, and he would always have a soft spot for her. But it was time to move to the house in downtown Orlando and figure out what he wanted to do in the future.

He had not applied to college. He didn't know who he was without blood relatives and after so much grief, so he hoped that moving back into his grandmother's home would give him a sense of purpose and reveal what the future had in store for him.

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A few days later, Patrick finished moving with the help of Mrs. Smith and his friends, so he decided to throw a party to finally celebrate being an adult and getting his home back. He invited the neighbors who knew him for years, Mrs. Smith and her family, and all his friends to a casual kickback at his new place.

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Finally, it was time to break the piñata – a simple donkey piñata this time. Everyone gathered around Peter as Mrs. Smith placed a blindfold on his eyes, and they cheered him on.

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The piñata was tough, and everyone took turns trying to smash it. But Patrick got another chance, and it finally broke at last, so he took his blindfold off. He knew Mr. Collins had filled it according to his grandmother's indications, so it was bound to have a bunch of fresh new candy.

To his shock, the first thing he saw on the floor was a metal key and a few chocolates around it. Everyone stopped and stared. They had no idea what it was for, but Patrick knew instinctively and immediately. It was the mystery his grandmother had kept from him.

His grandmother's house had a basement you could only access from the outside, but it was locked for as long as he could remember. Patrick had asked his grandmother about it years ago, and she would only say, "You'll know what's down there when you need to know."

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The day had finally come. He was going to get his answers at last, but he didn't want anyone prying into the matter, so he picked up the key, stashed it in his pocket, and shook the piñata for the rest of the candy to fall out. Everyone gathered to grab candy, and the party continued for a few more hours.

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When everyone left, Patrick went outside, stood in front of the cellar door, and took a deep breath before placing the key in the lock. It took some force after so many years without use, but it finally opened. He turned on his cellphone flashlight and went down the stairs.

As expected, the place smelled rank and old, and there were tons of cobwebs around. But Patrick saw boxes, trunks, and suitcases lying around. There was nothing seemingly special inside, which was strange to him. His grandmother had been so mysterious about it.

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He had to get to the bottom of it, so he sat down and went through everything stored there. Some contained jewelry, which he thought might be valuable. But as he went through the boxes, trunks, and suitcases, he noticed they all contained family memorabilia.

There were tons of photo albums dating decades ago, and he even unearthed a framed family tree. His chest filled with pride, reading all those names. Somehow, it was like he wasn't so alone in the world.

Finally, he discovered his grandfather's military uniform in one of the trunks along with photos from his service and more. According to some of the pictures, his family had a long history of men who served their country.

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Patrick took the uniform and the family tree with him. He tried the outfit and felt something odd through his body – a sense of belonging, righteousness, destiny. It felt right on his body, and something in his heart clicked. He had never considered it, but going to the army now seemed like his only future.

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He enlisted that same week and promised himself that when he started a family, his kids would know all about their past and their legacy and that honoring your country is beautiful.

What can we learn from this story?

  • The past can help young people decide what the future entails. Patrick felt lost and hoped that moving on alone would reveal what he should do in the future, which it did in the strangest way.
  • It's important to remember heritage and family legacy. Patrick promised to keep his family legacy alive when he enlisted because he felt alone for so long, but he wasn't after all.

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If you enjoyed this story, you might like this one about a boy who watered his late grandmother's garden and heard her voice unexpectedly.

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