Tis the season of goodwill

by Mark Alexander

10:33 AM, 10th December 2013
About 7 years ago

Tis the season of goodwill

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Tis the season of goodwill

I came across a story today and felt compelled to share it with you.

It has nothing to do with property for a change but it touched me and I think it will touch you too ……

….. At the end of the wedding party, her mother gave her a newly opened building society account, 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.’ Tis the season of goodwill

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:

– 7 Feb: £100, his first birthday celebration after marriage
– 1 Mar: £300, she gets a salary raise
– 20 Mar: £200, first holiday abroad
– 15 Apr: £2,000, She’s pregnant!
– 1 Jun: £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 that they had married the most nasty 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 man!’

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 gave 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 building society 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 building society 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 the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him too. His eyes were filled with tears. He left and went home.

He gave the passbook back to her. She found a new deposit of £5,000 and a line next to the record: ‘This is the day I realised how much I’ve loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you’ve brought me.’

They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back into the safe.

If you like this story then from now on give a print out to every couple who is getting married along with a nice notebook to record their happy times…who know you may just be able to help them !!

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Comments

Neil Patterson

20:02 PM, 12th December 2013
About 7 years ago

That is why paper and pencil are still important even though we forget.

Steve Hards

20:11 PM, 12th December 2013
About 7 years ago

This item should have been headlined: 'T'is the season of sentimental twaddle!'

Richard Adams

20:31 PM, 12th December 2013
About 7 years ago

Forgive my WBBS orientated cynicism but as the story unfolded I thought the punch line would involve WB closing the a/c and pinching all the money in it!

chrisbusy

21:17 PM, 12th December 2013
About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Richard Adams" at "12/12/2013 - 20:31":

Funny Richard ..So did i !

Barbara Thorning

22:02 PM, 12th December 2013
About 7 years ago

This MUST originally have been written by an American.

Gina Blomefield

15:06 PM, 13th December 2013
About 7 years ago

OK so it is a sentimental, US feel good story but there is a kernel of truth and perhaps we should curtail our naturally cynically responses every now and again especially at this time of the year ......?


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