Mahatma Gandhi once said, “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.” Apt and universally true, greed is a desire most of us are capable of having. However, combine greed with penny-pinching and you get an obnoxious miser whose very existence many around may find suffocating.
I sympathize with the woman in this story which went viral following its release. Her husband typifies the negative qualities discussed above and she must have had to deal with a lot. Still, I can only imagine the rage she must’ve felt when her husband outdid himself by demanding that she bury his money with him. For a minute, let’s try to ignore the obvious fact that he somehow decided he’d need the money more than she would in the event of his death.
Nevertheless, as a loving woman who intended to hold true to her wedding vows, she did not object to the request.
Yea, I had the same reaction when I first came across this account.
The man passed on and his wife went about making arrangements for his funeral and to fulfil his request. On the day of the funeral, she sat in the front row with her best friend. Just before the casket’s lid was to be closed, she placed a shoebox inside the casket.
Perplexed by her action, the friend asked, “I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man.” To which the widow replied, “Yes, I promised. I’m a good Christian; I can’t lie. I promised him that I was to put that money in that casket with him.”
Not believing what the widow had just said, the friend rephrased her question, and asked, “You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?”
The wife reiterated that she did. Then she added that, “I got it all together, put it into my account, and I wrote him a check.”
He got his wish, and the woman didn’t have to stomach the guilt she would have felt if she had broken her promise to him.