The hard young working husband’s job often took him away from his new bride. On one such occasion exciting news came to the blushing bride about a grand investment opportunity.
It was a ‘hot, insider tip’, so the informant said. The time to invest was short. A decision must be made forthwith. There was no time to waste. With trembling hand she phoned to discuss the matter with her husband. Together they decided it was too good to ignore. After all, the informant was an upstanding, honest man who could be trusted.
Following her instructions to the letter, she phoned the bank. She authorised the purchase of many, many shares at mere cents a piece.
With excitement the young couple awaited news of increasing wealth. In the meantime, the husband subscribed to an investment magazine of good repute. The very first article he read issued a stern warning. In bold black print the words echoed and reverberated in his head. He read them to his bride. “Do not trust any hot tips given to you by your brother-in-law...” it stated. They laughed and they laughed.
The waiting was soon forgotten. Annual reports arrived with no news of any merit worth noting. Together they decided to keep the share certificate. It was a good story, they said.
The years rolled on. News of increasing wealth had long been forgotten. Then on this day in the year of Our Lord 2017 a dividend cheque arrived in the mail. With shaking hands the now retired husband opened the envelope. Smiling, he went inside to show his now retired wife. Together, they laughed, and laughed, and laughed :
© Raili Tanska