Friday, August 25, 2006

A Touching Story

After 21 years of marriage, I discovered a new way of keeping alive
The spark of love. A little while ago I had started to go out with
Another woman. It was really my wife' idea. "I know that you love her," she
Said one day, taking me by surprise.

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who had
been a widow for 19 years. The demands of my work and my 3 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 pass some time with you," I responded.
"Just the two of us," She thought about it for a moment 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. Her eyes could only read large print.

Half way through the entree, 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 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. 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 was almost sure that I couldn't 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."

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 to "some other time".

Yesterday is a canceled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today
Is cash...........Spend it wisely. If this made an impression on you, as
It did me, pass it on to those you care about too.

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