Money makes the world go around, as they say, but one thing my mother always told me was that you can't take it with you. Still, that hasn't stopped people from nearly every chapter in history from trying. All the way back to Egyptian times and probably even further, people have been getting buried with their wealth.
This story is about another such man, who worked hard all his life to save his money and as a result, felt he should be allowed to selfishly take it with him instead of giving it to his widow. Even though she honored his wish, this clever lady found a way to get around the matter that's absolutely brilliant.
There was a man who had worked all of his life and saved all of his money.
He was a real cheapskate when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now listen, when I die I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me because I want to take all my money to the afterlife."
He made his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died she would put all the money in the casket with him. Then one day, he died.
He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to their best friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, "Wait a minute!"
She had a shoebox with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket and rolled it away.
Her friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man."
She said, "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."
"You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?"
"I sure did," said the wife. "I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check."