Street Machine



A MAN and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the old woman had a shoebox in the top of her wardrobe that she’d 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 old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the 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 dolls and a stack of money totalling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” the old lady said, “my grandmothe­r 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 – as there were only two dolls in the box, his wife must have only been angry with him twice in all those years. However, he was still perplexed by the money. “Where did the cash come from, honey?” he asked her.

“Oh,” the old lady replied, “that’s the money I made from selling all the other dolls.”

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