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What a sad story. Great, great aunt Dew is 100 and has recently moved in with Michael, his mother and father. John, Michael's father, was raised by Aunt Dew after his mother and father drowned. Michael is the spitting image of John, and aunt Dew often confuses them.
Michael's mother, Ruth, seems angry and resentful that she has to take care of Aunt Dew. She cries and complains to her husband that Dew does not like her; never even acknowledges her. She has taken to burning Dew's things in the furnace (yeah like that is going to make her like you!). It upsets Michael that his mother is so careless about Dew's things and her feelings. When his mother sets her sights on the hideous, old, broken, hundred penny box, Michael is determined to save the box from the furnace.
Inside the box is a penny for every year Aunt Dew has lived. Each penny has a story and Michael loves to sit and listen to Dew tell her stories as he counts out the pennies.
A sad tale: Dew- missing her home, her husband, her boys; Micheal- angry at his mother's lack of compassion; and Ruth- resentful about having to care for the old woman.