A man and a woman had been married for more than 60 years: they had shared everything, they had talked about everything, and they had kept no secrets from each other, except the one. The wife 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 these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day his wife got very sick and her doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the husband took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside.
She agreed it was time to tell him about the shoebox. When he opened it he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling just under $100,000. This was her explanation. “When we were to be married, 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 husband was moved; he had to fight back tears because there were only two dolls in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He burst with happiness.
“Honey, what you said explains the dolls, but what about all the money? Where did it come from?”
“Oh, that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”