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Poor old man’s trunk…

For over thirty years, she had come to this house twice a week to clean, do the laundry, and cook for the old man and now he was gone. He was a poor old man with no family and what little money he had he left to charity and she was shocked to learn he had left the house and everything in it to her. The house and furniture were old and worn and not worth much, but she sold the house and what things she hadn’t given away Goodwill came and hauled off.

wooden-box-349703_640Before she went to the lawyers office for the closing of the sale of the house she and her niece went for a last look around and in the attic they saw a trunk that Goodwill hadn’t taken. It was heavy, but the two of them got it to the car so she could take it home to use as a blanket chest in her room and as a nice reminder of the old man.

Imagine her surprise when later that night after breaking the lock she opened the trunk and found hundreds of old stocks and bonds worth about three million dollars!

(This story is based on fact. I knew the niece of the  woman who inherited the house and everything in it…including a beat up old trunk)

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20 thoughts on “Poor old man’s trunk…

  1. Okay, so that is like being at the right place at the right time? What a wonderful story about the trunk and the fortune it revealed.

  2. Cool story! My dad used to buy boxes of used books at auctions, and when he would get home, he would go through every single book, because he thought some day, someone would stick a $100 bill in a book for safekeeping, forget it was there, sell the book, and he would find it. Never happened, though!

  3. I loved this! These kinds of things do happen (though maybe not often with so much money). We never know how much we can be appreciated for small acts of being helpful, kind or caring.

    1. I can’t help but wonder about the man…is it possible he forgot about the trunk? From what I was told he lived a very simple life with no traveling or frills. Too bad he didn’t leave an explanation.

  4. I am worn out today, cleaning for the one family we take care of. Guess I will keep at it though! haha! Wonderful story . ..almost too good to be true!

  5. I like this story as well as the possibility of it. I also like that he felt a connection to the stability of the cleaning woman. As is often the case, she didn’t even realize it until he was gone. Good deeds do reap rewards, though…sooner or later. Good one, Patricia.

    1. Kind of sad though that there was no one, but the cleaning woman to leave his home and belongings. And I wonder about the trunk it seems so random.

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