Sunday, March 25, 2007

How to stay married!

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her wardrobe that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totalling £55,000. He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him twice in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Darling," he said, "that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

Oh," she said, "That is the money I made from selling the dolls."


Nelly said...

Sweet tale. I canot wait to tell it to my mother. She'll love it!

grannymar said...


A girl I know told me that her mother gave her £5 on her wedding morning. It was to be her ‘running away’ money.

Thirty five years later the girl has the money, and husband, but her mother is dead and gone!

John of Dublin said...

Yes, I heard about "running away money". Quite amusing to today's young folk I'm sure.

grannymar said...

John,life was so different years ago.

Young girls were told "Now you have made your bed, go lie in it and no running home with your troubles!"