Parable of love

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything and talked about everything. They had 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 her bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $25,000.

"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 doll."

The old man was so moved that he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him twice in all those years of living and loving? As he gazed lovingly into her eyes, he almost burst with happiness.

"But what about all this money? You didn't save all of that out of your household allowance, did you?"

"Oh no," she said, "That's the money I earned selling dolls!"