February 07, 2019

Is that what perfect marriage means?

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A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything, talked about everything, and had kept no secrets from each other except for the shoe box in the top of the closet that the lady had.

To make sure that the man wouldn’t do anything with it, she cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about it.


Throughout their years together, he had never thought about the box, but one day the old woman got very sick, and the doctor said she would not recover.

While trying to sort out their affairs, the old man took down the shoe box and placed it to his wife's bedside.


She agreed that it was time for him to know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. Shocked, he requested an explanation.

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

The old man was so moved that he had to fight back the tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had been angry with him twice in all those years of living together.


“Honey,” he said, “that explains the dolls, but what about all this money? Where did it come from?”

“Oh,” she said, “that's the money I made from selling the other dolls.”