A man spoke to each of his three sons when he sent them to college. "I feel it's my duty to provide you with the best possible education, and you do not owe me anything for that. However, I want you to appreciate it. As a gesture of appreciation, please each put $1,000 into my coffin when I die."
His sons became a doctor, a lawyer and a financial planner, each successful financially.
When their father died and they saw him in the coffin, they remembered his wish.
First, the doctor stacked 10 crisp $100 bills onto the chest of the deceased.
Next, the financial planner placed $1,000 there in 20 crisp $50 bills.
Finally, the lawyer reached into his pocket, removed his checkbook, wrote a check for $3,000, put it into his father's coffin, and took the $2,000 cash.