As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on
her husband’s ranch near Snowflake. She put a shoe box
on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to
For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna
was old and dying.
One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found
the box again and thought it might hold something important.
Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash.
He took the box to her and asked about the contents.
“My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she
explained. “She told me to make a doily to help ease my
frustrations every time I got mad at you.”
Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she’d only
been mad at him twice.
“What’s the $82,500 for? he asked.”
“Oh, well, that’s is the money I’ve made selling the Doilies.”