My friend, Calvin, just emailed me to let me know about the passing of his best friend, Joe. In his will Joe designated $30,000 to be used for an elaborate funeral.
As he was leaving the graveside ceremony, Calvin overheard the widow, Helen, talking to his wife, Jody, “Well, I’m sure Joe would be pleased,” she said.
“I’m sure you’re right,” replied Jody, who lowered her voice and leaned in close.
“How much did this really cost?”
”All of it,” said Helen. “Thirty thousand.”
“No!” Jody exclaimed. “I mean, it was very nice, but $30,000?”
Helen answered, “The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the church. The wake, food and drinks were another $500. The rest went for the memorial stone.”
Jody computed quickly. “$22,500 for a memorial stone? My God, how big is it?”
Helen, holding the back of her hand up to Jody, said,”Three and one half carats. Do you like it?”