As a new bride, Jean moved into her new home with her new husband. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it.
For fifty years Bill left the box alone until Jean 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 $25,000 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.”
Bill was very touched that in 50 years she’d only been mad at him twice.
“What’s the $25,000 for?” he asked.
“Oh, that’s the money I made selling the rest of the doilies.”