Elderly Stranger Gives Poor Girl Old Piano, Parents Scold Her until She Finds a Casket Inside – Story of the Day

Adele’s parents were furious with her for bringing home an old piano gifted to her by an unknown older woman. After her father decided to sell the piano to a thrift store, her mother discovered a mysterious wooden box hidden inside. She then froze the piano after she opened it.

12-year-old Adele was the eldest of five children to poor parents. John Woods was her father and she worked as a carpenter. Lily managed the household.

Adele, being the oldest of her siblings, was allowed more freedom than her younger brothers. Because she was an older child, however, Adele had to assist with minor chores.

Adele didn’t have a happy childhood and often wishes she had lived an idyllic life. She felt blessed that her parents were able to send her to school, despite struggling to make ends meet. Source: Pexels she mumbled as she marched closer to a small art school that taught children and aspiring musicians.

One day, on her way home, Adele slowed down after hearing strange sounds from the corner of the street…

Adele was raised in difficulties & she always desired a better life like her rich friends. | Source: Pexels

“Wow! It’s lovely!” she mumbled as she marched closer to a small art school that taught children and aspiring musicians. Adele looked through the window at young musicians.

While the corner was reverberating with different sounds, one tune stood out to Adele’s attention. It was from the concert hall’s deeper end. It was the piano, which she struggled to see. She cried.

“IT’S BEAUTIFUL!” She whispered. She wished she could just go in and play the instrument. But her parents couldn’t afford to send her to music school.

Adele returned home feeling sad and could not wait to go back to the music school. She drew piano keys on the wall near her bed and tapped them like she was playing them for real. Her parents were hurt seeing her do this but ignored it because she was wishing for something beyond their means.

The following afternoon, after class, Adele silently crept to the spot she had stood the previous day and pressed her ears to the window. She was annoyed that no other instruments were being played there, except the piano.

Saddened, she walked away, but she heard a beautiful tune on the piano she’d never heard before as she crossed the street. Curious, she followed the melodious breeze and soon reached the doorstep of an old house. 

Adele was attracted to melodic music by an art school on her way back. Source: Unsplash Adele grew impatient and wanted to find out who was playing it. | Source: Unsplash

Adele grew impatient and wanted to find out who was playing it. The door was open, so she invited herself into the house. “Anyone there? Hello…Is anybody in there?” She shouted.

As if it were remote-controlled, the melody stopped immediately. Adele stood in her living room, which smelled like old wooden furniture and rosewood oils. But she refused to go, and a voice behind her called. She stopped in terror and turned around.

A smiling older woman stood there. Her grey hair and wrinkled skin showed her age. “Come here, sweetheart! How may I help you?” She asked Adele.

The girl was scared, but she approached the woman and introduced herself after seeing her warm smile. “I’m Adele, and I was walking by your house when I heard someone playing the piano…It’s beautiful!” She said.

Adele was stunned when the woman looked at her. She then took her to a small room that extended from the living area.Source: Pexels. The woman answered. The girl was stunned when the woman steered her to an old classical piano at the corner. Adele was curious and asked the woman who played it so sweetly…

An elederly woman greeted Adele warmly & took her to a small parlor in her house. | Source: Pexels

“Mrs. Lorraine Cooper played this piano a while ago, sweetheart!” the woman replied. Adele wanted a meeting with the pianist so she asked her if it was possible. Just then, Mrs. Cooper took a seat on the stool and began to play.

“I AM LORRAINE COOPER!” Adele was shocked to hear her tell it. She could still effortlessly play the piano keys with ease and can play the notes with a mind-blowing precision even though she was only 18.

The girl soon became engrossed in Mrs. Cooper’s classic tunes. At one point, she began to cry, and the older woman stopped playing. “What is it, my child? Why are you upset?” She asked.

Adele hugged Mrs. Cooper, and she revealed her love for music. “I would do anything for a piano like this, but it would take my parents their lifetime to bring one home,” Adele sobbed.

Mrs. Cooper patted the little girl on the shoulder and said that an old friend had given the instrument to her many decades ago. “Old age demands more of me, and I’ll be leaving this house to live with my son… but I’d be more than happy to give this piano to you… on one condition,” The elderly woman shared her story with Adele.

Mrs. Cooper offered to give the piano away to Adele under certain conditions. Source: Unsplash When Mrs. Cooper informed her that she was giving the piano away, the girl was shocked and could not believe her ears. | Source: Unsplash

The girl was stunned and couldn’t believe her ears when Mrs. Cooper told her she was giving away the treasured piano to her. She jumped in joy, but the older woman chimed in and explained the condition.

“I’ll let you have it only if you promise me to keep it no matter what,” She asserted. “No matter how many decades from now, even if I’m gone with the sands of time, you should keep it safely, will you?”

Adele was overcome with joy and promised Mrs. Cooper. “I PROMISE! I PROMISE! TRUST ME, GRANDMA. I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR IT,” She exclaimed.

Adele’s parents saw movers outside their house a few days later. “What is going on, and why are they bringing a piano inside?” John questioned. “Adele, what’s going on???”

The girl narrated her meeting with the older woman and her promise. Her parents were furious. They were also not prepared to accept a gift from someone else. After Adele refused to return the piano, they scolded her and demanded that she be returned it.

“Do as you wish, and if you don’t want to listen to us, don’t expect us to do anything for you,” Poor Adele was yelled at by John.

Adele soon moved the piano into her living room, but her parents were angry.Source: Unsplash Over the next few days, Adele’s house was filled with different melodic sounds. | Source: Unsplash

For the next several days, the girl’s house echoed with different melodic tunes. Even though Adele wasn’t able to play the piano well, she was able to get started. Half of the keys in the middle stopped working one day. They were jammed and Adele sent a technician home to fix them.

“I’M NOT GIVING A PENNY TO FIX THAT RUBBISH!” John yelled. John was furious and wanted the instrument to be destroyed. “I’ll discard it at the thrift store.”

Adele was distraught, but she hoped the instrument would be repaired. The piano’s wooden cover was opened by the repairman, who found a small box underneath it. Adele was shocked when she realized that a small wooden case had blocked the keys. Source: Pexels. Adele tried to open the box, but it was still locked. The instrument was fixed, but something about the box baffled Adele…

Adele spent most of her time playing random melodies on the piano. | Source: Pexels

She tried opening it, but it was locked. After opening the lid, she looked inside for a key to unlock the box. She carefully pulled out a small, pointed object that was wedged between the keys of her piano.

“Good gracious! I found the key!” Adele exclaimed. After seeing the brooch, which was stone-encrusted, Adele opened the wooden chest. It was rare and precious. Beneath the ornament lay a note, reading: “THIS PIANO BRINGS LUCK TO ITS KEEPER, AND NOW IT SHALL IMMERSE YOU IN RICHES UNTIL YOU KEEP YOUR PROMISE!

Adele froze in shock. She showed what she found to her parents, and they were stunned too. They began dreaming of how their lives would change overnight. But Adele immediately put the brooch back into the box and locked it up. Then she hurried to the older woman’s house to return it…

Adele found a rare, expensive brooch in the jewelry box. | Source: Unsplash

“HOUSE FOR SALE”” she muttered in shock when she saw the sign outside Mrs. Cooper’s home. She inquired with the neighbors and found out that Mrs. Cooper had already moved to her son’s house in a different country. There were no traces of her whereabouts, and she’d kept her contacts highly private.

Adele returned home and reflected on Mrs. Cooper’s words and the note she found. She realized that luck favored her and would continue as long as she kept the piano in her house.

She allowed her parents to pawn the brooch, and to their surprise, it fetched them over a million dollars, changing their lives for good in such a short time. They refurbished their house, stacked abundant groceries, and John even started his own woodworks business.

Several months later, the family saved enough money and retrieved the brooch. Adele put it back into the wooden chest and locked it in her almirah. Although John had more than enough money to buy several new pianos, he didn’t because he realized that the one in his house was more than just a musical instrument!

The hidden fortune in the old piano changed Adele’s life forever. | Source: Unsplash

What can we learn from this story?

  • Don’t judge something by its outward appearance because it can be precious on the inside. John said he would discard the old piano after Adele hired a repairman to fix it. But he was stunned after she found the brooch worth millions in a hidden casket in the piano’s interiors.
  • Follow your dreams because you may never know when luck might favor you. Despite her family’s struggles, Adele harbored a passion for music and accepted the piano the older woman gave her. In the end, her love for music gave her the happy life she dreamed of.

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