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Both men & women, sons & daughters - need to read this.


After 17 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 alone for 20 years,
but the demands of my work and my two boys 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, aren\'t 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 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. She had curled her hair and was wearing the
dress that she had worn to celebrate her last
birthday on November 19th.
* * *
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 that new white van. \'They can\'t wait to hear about our date\'.
* * *
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 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 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.\'
* * *

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A Life Defined Not By Disability, But Love

职业看客♂2013-02-20 18:14:30
7.I always enjoyed spending time with my children to the point that they are either tired of me staring at them or hugging them. Yet, my Mother is different. I don't know how other people's Mothers are. I certainly didn't learn affection from my Mother. 不灭的灵♀2010-12-13 22:48:56
6.I cannot understand why this kind of pity always happens in western countries. It seems that they never solve this problem and repeat it again and again. In this case, Chinese is doing well which means they know how to treat their parents in right way.Te amo♀2010-12-11 21:13:16

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一起开心♀2010-12-10 15:29:02


一起开心♀2010-12-10 15:29:01
2.对于一个失去母亲的人,读着这段文字, 有一种绞心 的痛。
职业看客♂2010-12-10 14:05:31
1.To everyone,

I still can't spend much time on-line as I wish... But I am so eager to share this with you and let you know that I appreciate you all very much!

From 一起开心
一起开心♀2010-12-10 11:57:15