Larry had worked all his life, and he had
saved most of his money, since he was a real miser about spending
Just before he died, he said to his wife Betty: “When I
die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket
with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.”
Betty promised him, with all of her heart, that when he died,
she would put all of the money into the casket with him.
Well, as we all will, Larry died. The funeral was small. Larry
had few friends, and his arrangements for death were as pecuniary
as way of life. There was just his body laid out in the casket,
Betty sitting beside it dressed in black, her friend Sue sitting
next to her.
When the priest finished the ceremony, and just before the undertakers
got ready to close the casket, Betty said, “Wait just a
She took a small metal box from her purse and put it in the casket.
The undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away.
Girl,” Sue said, “I know you’re not fool enough
to put all that money in there with Larry.”
The loyal wife replied: “Listen, I’m a Christian;
I cannot go back on my word. I promised Larry that I was going
to put that money into the casket with him.”
You mean to tell me you put all that money in the casket with
him? But it was thousands of dollars! What are you going to live
I’ll be fine,” Betty said. “I got all the money together, put
it into my
account, and wrote Larry a check. If he can cash it, he can spend it.”