The Memorial Stone
Billy died... His will provided $30,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last guests departed the affair, his wife, Joyce, turned to her oldest and dearest friend, Jan.
"Well, I'm sure Billy would be pleased," she said.
"I'm sure you're right," replied Jan, who lowered her voice and leaned in close.
"How much did this really cost?"
"All of it," said Joyce .. "Thirty thousand."
"No!" Jan exclaimed. "I mean, it was very nice, but $30,000?"
Joyce answered, "The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the synagogue.
The whiskey, wine and snacks were another $500. The rest went for the Memorial Stone."
Jan computed quickly. "$22,500 for a Memorial Stone? My gosh, how big is it?"
"Two and a half carats."
I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur