A Cup of Christmas Tea

I was told this story many years ago by an old family friend. I have no idea if it’s true, but I’d like to think it was. I thought of it this morning while putting together gift baskets for relatives (with tea) and I thought I’d share because it was such a sweet story.

Many years ago a young lady studying overseas was called by the family solicitor and informed that her grandfather has passed away, leaving her as his sole heir.

The young lady’s parents and grandmother has passed on many years before, leaving her with a comfortable trust. The young lady returned to the states and after meeting with the solicitor, the young lady was a bit puzzled as her grandfather’s wishes were that she do whatever she would like with his fortune, (which no one seemed to know where it was) but that he hoped she would do something to benefit people and his last request in the will was to have a cup of tea and think of him.

She was also informed by the police that her grandfather’s house had been broken into and his house ransacked, but it appeared that not much has been taken aside from the family’s old silver, and from the amount of damage done it had appeared the burglars had been looking for something and gotten very frustrated and trashed the place.

The police were of the opinion that her grandfather’s obituary was the cause, as it had been mentioned that he made a fortune during the war in the fur industry, and it was well known around the neighborhood that the old gentleman distrusted banks, so the general theory being that he kept his fortune stashed in his house.

As the young lady tried to restore order to the mess that had been made of her grandfather’s house, she found a huge pantry filled with canned goods and hundreds of boxes of Twining’s Earl Grey Tea. Thinking it was the least she could do, she called the local food pantry and they came and picked up all the food….and the tea.

The young lady kept several boxes, as she remembered Earl Grey was her grandfather’s favorite and in honor of his final request started to make herself a cup of tea. She also asked the police officers that were there if they would like some as well. As the water started to come to a boil in the tea pot, she slowly started to unwrap the tea bags (now the tea bags were the older packaging of Twining’s Tea and the wrappers were similar to little mailing envelopes).

As she opened the first bag, she gasped and dropped the bag to the floor. One of the police ran over and asked if she was ok and all she could do was point at the tea bag wrapper.

While the thieves opened almost all of the boxes of tea to check to see whether anything was hidden in them, they didn’t open the tea bags.

In each tea bag wrapper was folded neatly a hundred dollar bill. Apparently her grandfather kept the wrappers after his cups of daily tea and carefully glued the envelopes back together. The young lady quickly opened up all the tea bags in the other boxes and all of them had hundred dollar bills in them. The police officers asked if she wanted to try to retrieve the tea sent to the food pantry and without a second thought she said no, it’s exactly where her grandfather would have wanted them to be.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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2 Responses to A Cup of Christmas Tea

  1. Tammy says:

    Oh, what a sweet story. A clever guy her grandfather was.
    I love my afternoon tea.

  2. Patrick says:

    I agree Heather, it is a nice tale, even if not true. This should be the season of generosity and giving. Have a great Holiday season!

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