She married him today.
At the end of the wedding party, her mother gave her a newly opened bank savings passbook, with $1,000 deposited in it.
She told her, “My dear daughter, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your married life. Whenever something happy and memorable happens in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it’s about next to the amount. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I’ve done the first one for you today. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after years, you will know how much happiness you’ve both shared.”
She shared this with him after getting home. Both of them thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to make the next deposit! This is what the passbook looked like after a while:
— February 7 – $100: His first birthday celebration after marriage
— March 1 – $300: She gets a salary raise
— March 20 – $200: Vacation to Bali
— April 15 – $2,000: She’s pregnant!
— June 1 – $1,000: He gets the big promotion
And so on …
However, as the years went by, they began fighting and arguing over trivial things. They didn’t talk much. They regretted marrying the nastiest person in the world. There was no more love there.
One day the wife talked to her Mother. “Mom, we can’t stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I don’t understand how I could have married this guy!”
Her mother replied, “Do whatever you need to do, if you really can’t stand it. But before that, there’s one thing you should take care of. Remember the savings passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all the money and spend it first. You shouldn’t keep any record of such a poor marriage.”
The wife agreed with her mother. So she went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to her. Her eyes were filled with tears. She left and went home.
When she got home, she handed the passbook to her husband and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.
So the next day, he went to the bank, and the same thing happened to him. Overwhelmed by the list of life events before his eyes, the husband found all the memories from their life together flooding back and bringing tears to his eyes.
He came home and gave the passbook back to her. Inside was a new deposit of $5,000. And a line next to the record: “This is the day I realized how much I’ve loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you’ve brought me.”
They hugged and cried. The passbook returned to its rightful place inside the safe.
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