A man discovered a shoebox full of money that his wife had been keeping for years, then learned the shocking truth behind it.
The elderly man and his wife had been married for 60 years and were always open and honest with each other. The wife never kept a secret from her husband, except one -- a shoebox in her closet that she specifically instructed that he never open or ask about.
The husband never gave a thought to the box until his wife became ill and doctors informed him she was dying. While attempting to get their affairs in order, the man took down the shoebox from the top of the closet and brought it to her bedside. She agreed to let him open it, and inside he found two crocheted dolls as well as a stack of money that totaled $95,000. Confused, he asked her about the box.
“When we were to be married, my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue," she said, relates The San Francisco Globe. "She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”
The man was overcome with emotion when he realized that there were only two dolls in the box, meaning she’d only gotten angry with him on two occasions.
“Honey,” he said, filled with joy, “that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"
“Oh, that?” she replied. “That's the money I made from selling the dolls."
The heartwarming, hilarious story went viral and garnered positive reactions from readers on Shared Vintage’s Facebook page.
“That is so funny she found a way to vent the anger,” one reader said.
Others shared their own stories of found family money that had previously been a secret.
“After the banks failed during the Great Depression, people were were scared to put their money back in the banks, so they kept their money in the house hidden under mattresses or behind walls. It was a scary time. My mother in law used to keep her money in a makeup case,” one reader wrote.
“After she passed away my husband found it. Inside there were envelopes with different combinations of bills.”