Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Shoebox Can You Relate?

So many of you have sent such sweet messages asking about Hubby & his recovery from his heart surgery. He is doing well. Everyday he is a little better. Has it been easy? NO!!!!!!!!! But, we have come so far & I see light at the end of the tunnel. And I don't THINK it's a train! Yesterday (Saturday) I did go to Cottage Panche & took a Class from my friend Lisa. AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I will share that with you soon. But, today I wanted to share a cute little email that I had gotten back in April from another friend. These guys... WE LOVE THEM yet.......... See if you can relate to this little story. It made me SMILE & brought perspective in the past couple of weeks when I've had to play Nurse Cratchit to a Hubby who's never been sick in his life & NOT HAPPY about being so now.
A man & woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept 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 to NEVER 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 & the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box & 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 & a stack of money totaling $95,000.00 He asked her about the contents.
When we were to be married, she said, my grandmother told me "THE SECRETE TO HAPPY MARRIAGE WAS TO NEVER ARGUE" She told me that "if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet & crochet a doll"
The little old man was so moved: he had to fight back the tears. ONLY TWO PRECIOUS DOLLS were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living & 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!"
A prayer...
Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; & Patience for his moods; Because Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death, because I don't have time to crochet.
Hee Hee this one made me laugh Evelyn & THANK YOU for sending it to me back before I even knew I would need it to cheer me up. And I hope it made all of you have a little chuckle too. Thanks for all the words of support & friendship. Things are moving along. HUGS!


23 comments:

bunny said...

That was hysterical!!! I think I need to take up crocheting again...lol So glad hubby is doing well and that you can still sneak in a class or two or ten....


Love,
bunny

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh!! I nearly peed myself laughing, Charlene, I have to tell SOMEONE this story!

I'm glad hubby has his vim and vigor...that will help him recover faster!

Happy Sunday! :-)

xoxo
Jane

dolliesdaughter said...

Nurse Charlene,

Thanks so much for sharing. Laughter and friends will get you through.
Love ya,
Lisa
www.dolliesdaughter.typepad.com

Magic Moonlight said...

I'm so glad your Husband is doing good, spoil him a lot, He need it! off to find the crochet needle... Love the story!!! Hugs1

Karen Valentine said...

That is the best story ever!!! Love it! Thank you for sharing. You are the best. Much love,
Karen

Sandy Navarro said...

I LOVE IT! So perfect for the current "situation." Although I never would never have made it all that time saving! Honey, spend it when you reach your "fund" goal; don't leave it behind.

Love ya!

Diane said...

You are right! This was a funny one, and little did you know how much you'd need it now....
Guess my shoebox would be pretty full about now ~ LOL =)

Cottage Panache said...

Charlene, I love this ~ over the past years I have read this story a few other times and it still brings a chuckle ~ thanks for sharing it because I know that I have felt that way many times over the past 32 years of wedded bliss! Can't live with em - can't kill em! LOL! Hope today has been a better day. Keep Calm And Carry On!:>Maureen

Jan said...

Love this post and am glad to hear your hubby is on the mend :)

The French Bear said...

Ha ha, Charlene, that is the cutest story ever!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

vintagesusie & wings said...

Oh, what a cute story!!! I so enjoyed talking to you today & can't wait to get together in TEXAS!!! I'll check with my hotel & get back to you tomorrow friend & BIG Hugs to hubby, I know he must be getting bored, a little adventure may be just what the Dr. ordered!
Smiles,
Susie

DeeDee said...

hehehe! now how cute is that story,...Charlene so glad hubby is healing well..and you got to get out and have a bit of fun...take care

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Oh Charlene ~
That story is soooo cute and so very perfect ! I am glad to hear that your hubby is doing well ~ I am also glad to hear that you got to go to Lisa's class ~ I took the first one and it was so much fun !!
I cannot wait to take another ~

Have a wonderful week !

xoxo
Lori

Miss Sandy said...

Charlene,

You have been on my heart and mind and I was hoping there would be an update on the recovery. So thrilled to hear that each new day is bringing healing. What a funny and sweet email! I am so glad you got in a little craft time and I can't think of anyone better to craft with than Lisa, she is amazing! I hope you both have a great week and not too many dolls get made at your house :c)

Heidi Meyer said...

That is too cute!! Glad to hear your honey is doing well. HUGS to you - Heidi

Debra@Common Ground said...

Charlene, this is great, but I think it would be the other way around for me. I'm much harder to deal with than my hubbs! I'm so glad to hear that things are improving every day! Things will be back to normal really soon. Love your new header!
Take care of yourself, too!
xo,
Debra

Alisa said...

Oh my word! That is the funniest story ever!

Diana said...

This is funny Charlene and so sweet at the same time. Glad to read Larry is doing better and you are surviving.
Hugs
Diana

nataliehansen said...

Love it!!! xoxo Natalie

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Bwaaahaaaahaaaa!
That was hilarious!
And so true, anybody who is married knows THAT! ;-)

I'm so glad your hubby is getting better, praise God for answered prayer.

About Wicked Tea, I think I might have an exciting announcement to make regarding that.
Soon!

Hugs,
Anne

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Hi Charlene, that story is one of my favorites. Glad to hear your hubby is recovering well. It takes time and they go through so many emotions of their own. I know I've had to learn so much, especially in the compassion department.

Inspired-Simplicity said...

Very cute post. Glad to hear things are going well. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Carolyn

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, that was WONDERFUL, Charlene! Was laughing so hard, I had to read it to my husband and daughter--What a fabulous story!

Hope you're having a beautiful night, my friend!

Julie

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