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After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me  to take
another woman out to dinner and a movie.
She said, ‘I love you, but I know this other
woman  loves you and would Love to spend
some time with you.’

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my
Mother, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands
of my work and my three children had made it possible to
visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for
dinner  and a movie.  ‘What’s wrong, are you
well,’ she asked? My mother is the type of woman who
that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign
of bad news.

‘I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time
with you,’ I responded ‘just the two of us.’ She
thought about it for a moment, and then said,
‘I would like that very much.’

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I
was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed
that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She
waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her
hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to
celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a
face that was as radiant as an angel’s.
‘I told my friends that I was going to go out with my
son, and they were impressed,’ she said, as she got
into the car. ‘They can’t wait to hear about our

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was
very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were
the First Lady.

After we sat down, I had to read the menu.
Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the
entrees, I lifted my eyes and saw Mother sitting there
staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.

‘It was I who used to have to read the menu when you
were small,’ she said. ‘Then it’s time that you
relax and let me return the favor,’ I responded. During
the dinner , we had an agreeable conversation nothing
extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each
other’s life. We talked so much that we missed the
movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said,
‘I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me
invite you.’  I agreed.

‘How was your dinner date?’ asked my wife when I
got home. ‘Very nice, much more so than I could have
imagined,’ I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack.
It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to
do anything for her. Sometime later, I received an envelope
with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place
Mother and I had dined. An attached note said: ‘I paid
this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be
there; but, nevertheless, I paid for two plates – one for
you and the other for your wife. You will never know what
that night meant for me.

‘I love you, son’

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in
time: ‘I love YOU’ and to give our loved ones the
time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important
than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because
these things cannot be put off till some ‘other’

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to
normal after you’ve had a baby… somebody doesn’t
know that once you’re a mother, ‘normal’ is

Somebody said you can’t love the second child as much
as you love the first… somebody doesn’t have two or
more children.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor
and delivery….somebody never watched her ‘baby’
get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten… or on a
plane headed for military ‘boot camp.’

Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child
gets married… somebody doesn’t know that marriage
adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s

Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last
child leaves home… somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you
don’t need to tell her… somebody isn’t a mother.

Pass this along to all the GREAT ‘mothers’ in your
life and to everyone who ever had a mother.

This isn’t just about being a mother; it’s about
appreciating the people in your lives while you have
them… no matter who that person is!


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