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My family is soft-spoken. Though members of my extended family tend to be people of very few words, when someone speaks it is a certain sign that those words are important and have been carefully crafted. My uncle, a wise man of few words, unexpectedly told me a surprising story during one of our trips to Michigan this summer.
One of his very elderly friends at church had passed away a few months ago, and shortly after this gentleman’s passing, his wife died. As described, they were a very sweet old couple. They had been married for more than 50 years and still lived in the tiny home which they had purchased shortly after getting married. The man’s wife never held a job, as they felt it would be more valuable for her to remain home and raise their children. The man worked a blue-collar job as a machinist in town and remained with that company throughout his entire working career until he retired in his sixties.
My uncle’s friend and his wife were a model of frugality. They owned only one vehicle at a given time and chose to drive well-maintained used vehicles. According to my uncle, he couldn’t recall a time in which the couple owned a vehicle fewer than five years old.
You probably know a similar couple. Though I did not know this pair myself, I know many other older couples who fit this billing. My grandfather was similarly frugal, though a bit less extreme.
A true story-teller, my uncle saved the best for last in the tale of his friend, and what he told me was most-unexpected.
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