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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Shoe Box: a Crocheter's 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 to never 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 doilies 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 doily.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious doilies 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 doilies, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

'Oh,' she said,  'that's the money I made from selling the doilies.'

This story has been around for a long time, but I still love it! Sometimes the old lady makes "dolls" instead of "doilies", but I like this version better. Thanks to my sweet daughter in law, Jewell, for sending it to me, and giving me a laugh today!


Ana Maria Grecco said...

Hi! Your blog is beautiful! Congratulations!

crochethuahua said...

I heard that story before but I like to be reminded of it! lol

tanya904 said...

Thanks for sharing I have heard it before, but am going to share it with my hubby :)

Mrs Twins said...

Hi! I'm Sue (Mrs Twins)
I've just popped in to say hi. I've been visiting Sherries Needlecrafts and thought I would click on your button. I just loved that story. The doilies are so gorgeous. I love your blog and will be visiting you again. Hope you'll pop over to the UK to say hi and have a look at my crocheting!
Hugs and Love Suex

hookedonthread said...

I love that story Ann. Thanks for making us smile.


Faith said...

Oh what a wonderful story.....heartwarming & funny....
beauuuuuuuutiful stuff on your that thread crochet...


TLB said...

LOL -- that's a good one !