Saturday, January 07, 2006

Simple Instructions

Sometime after Sidney died, his widow, Tillie, was finally able to
speak about what a thoughtful and wonderful man her late husband had

"Sidney thought of everything," she told them. "Just before he died,
Sidney called me to his bedside. He handed me three envelopes.
'Tillie,' he told me, 'I have put all my last wishes in these three
envelopes. After I am dead, please open them and do exactly as I have
instructed. Then, I can rest in peace'."

"What was in the envelopes?" her friends asked.

"The first envelope contained $5,000 with a note, 'Please use this
money to buy a nice casket.' So I bought a beautiful mahogany casket
with such a comfortable lining that I know Sidney is resting very

"The second envelope contained $10,000 with a note, 'Please use this
for a nice funeral.' I arranged Sidney a very dignified funeral and
bought all his favorite foods for everyone attending."

"And the third envelope?" asked her friends.

"The third envelope contained $25,000 with a note, 'Please use this to
buy a nice stone'." Holding her hand in the air, Tillie said, "So, do
you like my stone?" showing off her ten-carat diamond ring.

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