My wife (her blog) shared this with me the other day.  We laughed all weekend!  What do you think is the point of the story?

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 closet 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 totaling $95,000.

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 two Times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with Happiness.

‘Honey,’ he said, ‘that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?’

‘Oh,’ she said, ‘that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.’

Story found in  The San Francisco Times.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr: “Old Kennington’s Department Store Shoebox” by Robert of Fairfax

About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with my wife, Terry. We have been married for 36 years and have 4 grown children. I have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously, and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right sidebar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit:
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4 Responses to THE SHOEBOX

  1. daylerogers says:

    That says a ton! I love that the lessons I learn best I learn through humor. And this one is spot on. His sweet misperception. Her heart to turn a challenge into a profitable venture. It all points to hope and perseverance. Thanks for the grins!

    • Steve Morgan says:

      Thanks Dayle. You are right about humor. It is a good way to learn and to live. We all need hope and perseverance as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Ron Wiley says:

    How choice! Thanks, Steve!

    • Steve Morgan says:

      Yes, isn’t that great Ron! Terry and I laughed all weekend. If you do the math, it works out to a potential argument about every 2-3 days. One guy commented, “That’s about the normal marriage”. How sad. Good story anyway. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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