The Shoebox

There once was a husband and wife who had been married more than 60 years. They shared everything, talked about everything, and kept no secrets from each other, except for a shoebox that the old woman kept in her closet. She cautioned her husband to never open it, and he dutifully honored her wish.

One day, the woman became quite ill, and going to the doctor, found that she suffered from a terminal disease and did not have long to live. While trying to sort through their affairs, the old man took the shoebox off the closet shelf and brought it to his ailing wife’s bedside. After talking about if for a few minutes, they agreed that it was time to unseal the box and share its contents.

The husband anxiously removed the lid of the box and found two crocheted doilies, and several stacks of large bills, wrapped in rubber bands. Counting the bills, the total exceeded $25,000. He asked what the significance of the doilies was and why she had hidden away all that cash.

“When we were first married,” the old wife said, “my grandmother gave me some advice. She said that every time I felt angry at you, I should crochet a doily.”

The old husband was moved to tears. After getting a grip on his feelings, he asked his wife, “Only two doilies? In over 60 years you only got angry at me twice? I am astounded. But I do have one question: Where did all that money come from?”

“Oh,” she said, smiling, “that’s the money I got for selling the doilies at a dollar each.”

Thanks to Peggy H. for sharing this story with me. 

One thought on “The Shoebox

  1. Patty Ann April 13, 2010 / 1:55 pm

    So true! It is not the fact that we will get angry at each other that can be the problem. It is what we do with that anger that matters. We can take it out on each other, or we can find a way to make positive improvements.


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