A wealthy man suddenly finds himself in an unknown village when he encounters a poor elderly woman with earrings that he is sure he has seen before.
Richard became an orphan after his parents died in a car accident when he was a teenager. All his life he had to work hard to get what he had and built a business from scratch using the little inheritance he received from his parents.
He had everything a man could wish for: a stable income-generating business, a nice house, nice cars and a good group of friends. One important thing he was missing though, and that was the family.
One day, Richard arrived late for a meeting after his car crashed in the middle of a snowstorm. He also could not call anyone because his phone had run out of battery.
Richard meets an old woman with a pair of unique earrings that look familiar. | Source: Shutterstock
So he got out of the car and shook in the cold. Meanwhile, he tried to look for a cafe nearby to warm up. Maybe he could charge his phone there and call a taxi.
Unfortunately, after a few minutes walk, no cafes or shops were open due to the storm. Richard sighed and continued walking along the road. His coat was not suitable for the cold and it was only usable in the car.
When he reached the sidewalk, he noticed an elderly woman walking towards him. He did not notice her immediately because of the falling snow. Although he doubted she was wearing a phone, he decided to take a chance anyway.
“Excuse me madam, do you have a phone? Can I call a taxi with it? My car was stuck in the snow and will not start and my phone has run out of battery,” he said. .
Richard walked alone down the street hoping to find someone with a cell phone he could borrow. | Source: Pexel
Richard, of course, did not expect her to say yes, for old women are generally on guard against strangers on the street. She smiled though and handed him her phone. “Be here, honey,” she said.
“Thank you very much,” Richard said as he picked it up and dialed the number of his trusted driver. The woman waited patiently as he spoke to the driver and told him where he was going.
When he was done, the older woman also took the chance, “My dear, do you want any change? I’m so hungry and I have nothing left to eat at home,” she said.
“Yes, certainly, madam. Let me see how much I have,” Richard said, taking out his wallet. He had seen about fifty dollar bills there. He felt sorry for the lady, so he gave her everything.
Richard gave the old lady some notes he had in his purse. | Source: Pexel
“It’s too much, my dear. Thank you very much for your kindness. Bless you,” she said, shaking Richard’s hand when she received the money.
At this point, the wind was blowing hard in her face and the woman’s ears were exposed to it. Suddenly, Richard is attracted to the older woman’s earrings.
Her earrings were unusual. They had round emerald stones framed by angel wings. They were a unique couple that Richard thought he had seen before.
But before he could react, a car pushed. Anders, the driver of his company, quickly got out and led Richard into the car. “Thank you, madam,” he said before Anders closed the door.
Donald, the company’s driver, picked Richard up a few minutes after calling the old lady’s phone. | Source: Pexel
After this chance encounter, Richard briefly forgot about her as he was overwhelmed by work. Usually he slept deeply after a long day of work. But that day he dreamed of his great-grandmother, whom he saw only twice in his life.
In his dream, she wore the same earrings as the poor old woman he had seen earlier in the day. “These earrings have been in the family for generations, my dear. They ended up being lost during the war,” she explained.
Richard woke up sweating, suddenly disoriented. He tried his best to fall asleep again and eventually did. He forgot his dream until the same thing happened a few days later.
Why do I always have the same dream? he wondered. Richard became restless and anxious. He did not understand why he still saw the earrings in his dream.
Richard dreamed of the earrings he had seen the old lady wear. | Source: Pexel
Superstitious as he was, he decided to find out the truth about his mysterious dream. When he thought the dreams meant something, he looked through the family records, but no old earrings were mentioned.
However, he found the birth certificate from his great-grandmother, whose name was Angela, as well as an old photograph.
Richard looked closely at the picture and realized that she was wearing the earrings he had dreamed of. Although the image is black and white, the same stones encased in wings were evident.
The next day, Richard was driving down the street, where he met the poor woman. He spent all day in his car waiting for her to show up.
Richard was waiting in his car for the old lady he met to show up. | Source: Pexel
Finally, after hours of waiting, he finally got his chance. The older woman was walking down the same street in the evening and he decided to approach her again.
“Hello madam,” he greeted with a smile.
“Oh! Hi my dear. It’s nice to see you again,” she replied.
“Do you have two minutes? May I take you to the cafe over there?” Richard asked, pointing to the little cafe next to the road.
“Of course, my dear. Just you invite me to a nice dinner,” she joked.
When they arrived, Richard got going. “I hope it does not surprise you, but for the last few days I have had a dream that my great-grandmother should wear your earrings. I saw your earrings briefly while I was talking to you the other day,” he explained.
Richard invited the old woman to eat at a nearby cafe. | Source: Pexel
“I saw an old picture of her and she was wearing the same earrings as yours,” Richard added.
The older woman smiled and happily removed the earrings from her ears. “Do you know what’s weird? I’ve also dreamed of my mother’s twin sister many times. She told me that if a young man came to me and asked for the earrings, I should give him them.”
“These earrings belonged to my mother’s twin sister, who was very close to me. She said they were passed down from generation to generation. However, I was never able to meet her family when we were separated during the war,” she explained. .
“What’s the name of your mother’s twin sister?” asked Richard before receiving the earrings.
“Her name was Angela. Does that name sound familiar to you?” asked the poor woman.
Richard could not help but smile. He took his great-grandmother’s picture from his purse and showed it to the woman. “Here’s a picture of my great-grandmother, Angela,” he said, handing her the picture.
The older woman hugged the picture to her chest. “It’s my aunt Angela. She’s exactly like my mother, Andie.”
Richard said he dreamed of the earrings the old lady wore, but this time of her great-grandmother. | Source: Pexel
Richard was relieved to have found a family member. Then he made a promise to himself to take care of the woman for as long as she lived. He also bought an apartment for her in the city and visited her often. They eat delicious meals together and go to church together.
After Richard received his earrings, it was as if his great-grandmother also controlled his life. And eventually he found love with a beautiful young professional named Maggie.
When they got married, Richard gave her a pair of earrings and told her the story behind them. A year later, he and Maggie welcome twin girls, whom they name Angela after his great-grandmother, and Evelin, after the older woman Richard has come to appreciate.
What can we learn from this story?
- Material goods are nothing if we do not have loved ones to share them with.. Richard had everything he could wish for except a family he could share his luxury with. Eventually, life blessed him with Evelin, Maggie, and her children.
- We should always value our family members. Over the years, Richard wanted to have a family. When he finally got his own family, he made sure to take good care of them.
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