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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Something to ponder over...

This story found it's way into my mailbox recently. I thought instead of forwarding it along, I'll post it here. I think quite a number of us can relate to it....

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out for 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 at 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. Large Print.


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 Hheart attack.  It happened so suddenly that I didn't have time to do anything for her.


Some time later, I received an eEnvelope 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,  My 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 God and 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,

And Most Importantly,

To Someone You Truly Love.

23 comments:

  1. Jeannie,it's so touching. There is tears swinging aroung in my eyes, i am such an easy
    sad woman. Thanks for this message.

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  2. Oh my, what a touching story and it is so true! I'm planning to visit my parents in Nov and will meet them again in S'pore, in Dec.
    Thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful story. Have a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  3. What a beautiful touching story! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  4. Oh Jeannie, what a wonderful and truly touching story. Thank you so much for sharing !

    Cheers,
    elra

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  5. Oh gosh, what a beautiful and touching story! I got tears in my eyes reading this. I believe in saying I love you or reaching out to loved ones too. Thank you so much for sharing this today!
    With best wishes, Jude

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  6. What an important message and beautiful story. We need to take the time to love and appreciate all the beautiful, important people in our lives. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. So touching. I almost cried. Thanks for the beautiful story.

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  8. Jennie, thank you for sharing such a lovely entry.

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  9. Very touching...I will have to call my mom in the morning.

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  10. Oh...what a beautiful touching story! Thanks very much for sharing with us.

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  11. What a touching and beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Sometimes we are so busy doing so many things, we fail to do the simplest and most important ones.

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  12. Thanks for visiting everyone..glad you all like the story:)

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  13. This is a lovely story and a great reminder of the important things in this life.

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  14. very touching.. a great reminder of how important our families and friends are, we shouldn't let them feel neglected or forgotten...thanks for sharing Jeannie! :)

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  15. Do you know how hard it is to type while crying? Thanks for the great post.

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  16. This is so touching and my tears just rolled down...mother's love is greatest and we need to spend more time with our loved ones too....for we never know that by the time we have time to spend with them..they may no longer be around. Thanks for sharing this wonderful soul searching post :)

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  17. So touching, Jeannie! Can't control my tears!

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  18. I love this story! Very sweet!

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  19. What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. My travels have begun, Jeannie, My visits will be sporadic for a while, but I'll be a regular again on my return. Know that I'm thinking of you. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  20. This is so touching.. a great reminder. THanks for posting!

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  21. I have come across this mail before but even after reading it for the 2nd time, it still bring tears to my eyes. Thank you very much for sharing.

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