After twenty-one years of marriage, I discovered
a new way of keeping the spark of love alive. A little
while ago, I started to go out with another woman.
It was really my wife's idea.
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my mother, who had been a widow for nineteen years. It was only possible to visit her occasionally due to the demands of my work and my three children.
That night, I called to invite her for dinner and a movie.
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I drove over to pick her up on Friday after work.
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 was wearing a smile on her face that was as radiant
as an angel's.
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very
nice and cosy. 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 the large prints. Half way through the entree, I lifted
my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile
was on her lips.
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As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll
go out with you again, but only if you let me invite
"How was your dinner date?" Asked my wife
when I got home.
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.
At that moment, I understand the importance of saying, "I Love You" in time and to give our loved ones the time that they deserved. 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".
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