The Doilies

There was once a man and woman who 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 shoebox 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 shoebox 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 $25,000. 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.”


15 Comments on “The Doilies

  1. Sarah, I have heard that tale before, and I love reading it again here.
    Hoping that you are well. Your posts and your projects continue to inspire!

    And…it is good to hear Janis. Way back yonder, I did get to see her perform once in person, at NYC’s famous Fillmore East theatre. Funny now to think that the opening act was the Greatful Dead. So long ago.


  2. What a brilliant little ditty – and a lesson in relationships for us all!!

  3. I’m gonna share this story with all my despratate housewives hooky friends! Thanks and Happy Hooking!

  4. Great story thanks so much for sharing it.
    Have a great weekend.

  5. Oii Flor..Que lindinho..Ameei!!
    Tb tem novidade lá no blog!
    Te espero
    Beijos Mô =)

  6. Thanks for the dose of reality. The story is amusing, but has some good practical advice about coping with disharmony.

  7. Hee hee – now that is a great example – not to mention a funny one too.

  8. What a cute story! I had all my stitching relatives read it at our BBQ on the 4th and they loved it!!!
    I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog over the weekend. My SIL fell over in awe at the doily covered trees! It was so funny.
    Thanks! 🙂

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