“Ashes to Ashes”
Stacey makes a new friend at school and invites her home for the first time.
Stacey excuses herself to fetch her Mom and introduce her new friend.
As her friend is standing in the living room next to the fireplace, she picks up the attractive vase on the mantle.
When Stacey returns with her mother, her friend is staring curiously into the vase.
“Oh, those are my father’s ashes,” Stacey informs her new friend.
This so startles the friend, that she drops the vase with a “gasp!” — ashes and broken vase scattering all around.
After turning three shades of red she stammers out, “Oh, no… I’m, oh!… I, can’t… didn’t mean to..”
“It’s OK dear,” the mother says. “The vase was just from Wal-Mart.”
The new friend catches her breath enough to say, “But… but your husband’s ashes…”
“Well,” the mother says, “looks like he’ll just have to quit being so lazy and use the ashtray in the kitchen from now on!”