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After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner. 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 was my mother, a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner. ‘What’s wrong, are you well?’ she asked. ‘I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,’ I responded. ‘Just the two of us.’ She said, ‘I would like that very much.’
That Friday after work, I arrived at her house. She smiled as radiantly as an angel. ‘I told my friends I was going out with my son, and they were impressed,’ she said. We went to a restaurant and 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. ‘It was I who used to read the menu when you were small,’ she said.
Afew days later, my mother died of a 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 place mother and I had dined. A note said: ‘I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure I could be there; but I paid for two plates: for you and 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 they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family.
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