Laughter: The Universal Language – #32

Do you know the secret of a happy marriage? This clever woman sure did!

The Secret of a Happy Marriage

A man and a woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secret from each other, except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet. She had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about it.

For all of these years, the husband had never thought about the box. But one the little old woman got very sick, and the doctor said she would not recover.

While trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and brought it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time he knew what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls, and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

Crochet doll
Photo (cc) by Freya

“When we were first married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was never to argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet 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 twice in all the years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

“Honey,” he said, “that explains the dolls, 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!”


Thanks to Bruce Alan Gordon and John Boone for ‘lending’ me this great little tale.

12 thoughts on “Laughter: The Universal Language – #32

    1. Haha! I thought you were gonna say that he should’ve noticed all the dolls in the first place, and then disappearing. I mean, where’d she stow them, a storage locker on the outskirts of town? We wanna know, right?! 😂🤣


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