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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 suspects that

a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.




"I thought that it would be pleasant to be 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 meeting". 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. Half way through the entries, I lifted my

eyes and saw Mom 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 did

to not get to do anything for her.




Some time 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

time."




Pass this along to everyone with an aging parent, to a child, to an adult, to anyone with a

parent. Here's hoping today is better than yesterday and tomorrow



Thank u !!!

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Victor (02 Jun,2011)
Wow I'm 23 years old have a mother who I love with all my heart and this story made me tear up ... I Rarely cry ever so yea good for you and yours I l
arian (21 Dec,09)
i try to tell my parents i love them every single time i part with them. it is so important, and this story describes perfectly why. ty 4 sharing
ReshmaKarim (20 Dec,09)
Very nice and touching story
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