A Wedding Gift
By Dr. Ashok G. Vasandani
Here’s a story I read in Demic’s page on Facebook that I’d like to share, something that we can all learn from.
AT the end of the wedding party, her mother gave her a newly opened bank savings passbook, with $1000 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 have 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 have both shared.”
She shared this with him after going home both of them thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to make the next deposit! This is what the passbook look like after a while: 7 February: $100, his first birthday celebration after marriage; 1 March: $300, she gets a salary raise, 20 March: $200,, vacation to Bali, 15 April: $2000, she is pregnant! 1 June: $1000, 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 that they had married the nastiest person in the world. There was no more love.
One day she talked to her mother, “Mom, we can’t stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I can’t imagine how I decided to marry this guy!” Her mother replied, “Sure, that’s no big deal. Just do whatever you want, if you really can’t stand it. But before that, do one thing. Remember the savings passbook I give you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn’t keep any record of such a poor marriage”.
She agreed with her. 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 was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While he was waiting, he took a look at the passbook record, he looked and looked, and looked. Then all the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him. He left and went home. He gave the passbook back to her. She found a new deposit of $5000. And the line next to the record: “This is the day I realized how much I have loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you have brought me”. They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back into the safe.
Marriage is not a game, it’s not easy but it’s beautiful. You will fight and argue, this is normal, because both of you came from different background, different homes and you both were raised by different parents, believes and moral, so you cannot expect that everything you say will be accepted by your spouse without their opinion being tendered first. So before you give up, think back to the good times and to what brought you together in the first place.
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