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M married H. M’s mother gave her a newly opened bank savings book with a R1000 deposit.

Mother: ‘Keep this savings book as a record of your marriage. When something happy happens, put some money in. Write down what it's about. I've done the first one for you. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after years, you will know how much happiness you've had.'


M shared this with H. They thought it was a great idea. This was what they did after a while: 1 Mar: R300, salary raise for M; 20 Mar: R200, vacation to Mauritius; 15 Apr: R2000, M got pregnant; 1 Jun: R1000, H promoted, and so on. However, after years, they started arguing over trivial things. They didn't talk much.


One day M said to her Mother: ‘We can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how I married this guy!' Mother: ‘That's no big deal. Do whatever you want. But before that, do one thing. Remember the savings book I gave you? Take out all money and spend it. You shouldn't keep a record of such a poor marriage.' M thought it was true.


So she went to the bank to withdraw the amount. While waiting, she took a look at the records. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous happiness came back. Her eyes filled with tears. She left and went home. She handed the book to her husband, and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.


The next day, H gave the book back to M. She found a new deposit of R5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice how much I've loved you all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.' They hugged and cried, putting the savings book back in the safe.


‘When you fall, in any way, don't see the place where you fell. Instead see the place from where you slipped. Life is about correcting mistakes.’

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