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Boy Declines Grandpa’s Invite Every Christmas, He Arrives Years Later and Finds a Ruined House – a Short Story

You never know when it might be too late to say goodbye to someone you care about. That’s why it’s always important to say how you feel. Tell the people you love how much you care. Sure, we get busy and life tends to go a bit crazy at times. However, there should always be time for those who mean something to you. Today’s story is inspired by the readers at AmoMama and shows us the importance of staying connected to the ones we love.

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Family

Jake grew up with two loving parents, in an average house with little concerns or worries. He and his grandfather, George, would go fishing and bird watching when he was little. George lived on a farm and was very familiar with animal life and nature. When Jake was little, he used to love spending time with George.

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However, as Jake got older, he grew tired of the aging man and wanted to have fun with kids his own age. So, Jake started to distance himself from his grandfather. At one point, he even became rude to him and told him to mind his own business. George was just trying to help Jake with his homework for high school, but Jake wanted none of it.

Eventually, George realized Jake was embarrassed by him and his farm life. So, he stopped visiting as often. One day, Jake’s parents moved across the country and he had the option to stay with George or to go with them. He chose to leave with his parents, and rarely spoke to his grandfather after that.

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Distance

George used to make Christmas dinner every year for the family when Jake was growing up. It was the highlight of the year for him, and for everyone who got to enjoy his delicious food. However, after Jake and his parents moved away, George spent his Christmases alone. He would send invites to Jake for the next 20 years, with no response. Although one year when Jake was around 24 he did tell George that he was just too busy to visit. Even though Jake never showed up, George still always sent him an invite for Christmas dinner every December.

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One year, jake noticed he didn’t get an invite. Thinking it was strange, he waited a few more months. Realizing nothing had arrived still months later, Jake thought something might be wrong.

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So, Jake made up his mind to go and visit George to see what was going on. He still lived on the same old farm, so it shouldn’t be hard to find.

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Hospital

George was setting up his famous Christmas dinner once again. He knew that Jake probably wouldn’t show up, but he wanted to make the festive dinner anyway. He did it every single year in hopes jake would show up. Hearing a knock at the door, George jumped up in anticipation of seeing Jake’s handsome face. Instead, he saw a young woman in a floral dress. Then, everything became dark as George passed out from a stroke.

The woman took George to the hospital where he spent the next 6 months.

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It turned out that the woman was George’s new neighbor. She had stopped by to invite him to her home for Christmas dinner. Seeing he had no one around made her want to extend the invitation. Then, George passed out. Spending 6 months in a coma meant that George was very confused when he woke up. Opening his eyes he saw the familiar woman who was wearing the floral dress the last time he saw her. Next to her was standing a handsome man, dressed in a suit and tie. It was Jake!

George and Jake discussed everything that happened over the past few decades. Jake apologized for being so busy and not keeping in touch. he admitted to being a terrible grandson and told him he would make everything right. So, as soon as George was healthy enough to leave the hospital, Jake surprised him with some good news. Jake was moving George into his mansion and would take care of him for the rest of his days.

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The family lives happily ever after, and Jake learned the importance of valuing loved ones.

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This story was inspired by an original piece of fiction that first appeared on AmoMama. Any similarities between this story and actual people is purely coincidental.

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Jade Small
Freelance Writer
Jade is a freelance writer and content creator from South Africa with over 7 years experience writing and creating. She's also a proud single mom to a super 13 year old boy.
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