The Shoebox

Perhaps some of you have seen this already but I hadn’t so I thought I would share it with you.

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 knitted 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 knit 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


‘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.’

A Prayer…….

Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
Love to forgive him, and Patience for his moods.

Because Lord, if I pray for Strength,

I’ll beat him to death, because I don’t have time to knit.

Hmmm maybe I should start knitting dolls and selling them everytime DD pisses me off.


4 responses to “The Shoebox

  1. I don’t think you would have the time to knit all those dolls!

  2. You just have to remember the mantra we all repeated when our progeny were in the throes of terrible twos: TTSP!

    No, really, it will!

  3. OMG that is hilarious! I definitely need a shoebox.

    Ericka just posted some pretty cute jokes on her blog a few days ago: armedwithpointysticks DOT com, May 28. Feels good to laugh – I’m sure you can use a laugh (or ten) as well 🙂

  4. awww… I thought the punchline was gonna be something like “I put a dollar in the box for every time I wanted to strangle you.”

    Hugs to you and the teenager, and hopes for patches of sanity, at least.

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