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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 had been a widow for 19 years, but 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 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 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 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

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 where 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."

Somebody said it takes about 6 weeks to get back to normal
after you've had a baby . . . Somebody doesn't know that
once you're a mother, "normal" is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct . .
Somebody never took a 3-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring . . . Somebody
never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's

Somebody said good mothers never raise their voices . .
Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see
her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen

Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother .
. . Somebody never helped a 4th grader with his math.

Somebody said you can't love the 5th child as much as you
love the first . .Somebody doesn't have 5 children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her
child-rearing questions in the books . . . Somebody never
had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor
and delivery. Somebody never watched her "baby" get on
the bus for the 1st day of kindergarten .. or on a plane
headed for military boot camp.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed
and one hand tied behind her back . . Somebody never
organized 7 giggling Brownies to sell cookies.

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 heartstrings.

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 "mothers" in your life.

We should also pass it on to anyone who has ever loved
and/or lost a mother.

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