Monday, February 9, 2009

A story to make you cry...

Being A Mother...
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 sometime 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.
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,
'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 Icould 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'
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.'

35 comments:

April said...

OK...where's the Kleenex? How very true this is! Amazing what a difference a little gesture of love can make! Love ya, girl!♥

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

(Tears) Love u!

Jessican said...

Boy, you were not kidding when you titled this blog.

That was a sweet story.

Baby Favorite said...

Stop making me cry at work! :)

Hey, stop by my blog to pick up your blog award!

xoxoxo

Jules from "The Roost" said...

SO sniff sniff, true!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Lordy, Lordy. I will have puffy eyes in the morning...thanks to you.
This is a lovely story. We need to always remember those who are important to us...even when we are busy as bees.
Thanks R.
Hugs, suz

smiles4u said...

I have read this before but love reading this story. It is so profoundly true. Thank you for reminding me of this tonight. I LOVE these pictures!

KMilty said...

Thank you for the reminder.

I also nominated you for an award (the same one as babyfavorite). Great minds....

Liz said...

This was a very sweet story!

Alicia said...

Hey there! I remember reading this a long time ago. Such a touching story! Thank you for sharing it!!

Becky said...

Thank you.

Grandma J said...

What a beautiful story. Life is short and time passes swiftly.

Julie said...

it did make me cry

g said...

What a beautiful story, and such a precious memory. I love the photos.

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow, what an incredible story. it sent goosebumps up my arms! thanks for the reminder to always make an effor to let those special ones in our lives know how much we love them.

Jennifer Bowen said...

Appropriately titled. :) A true and beautiful story. Never put off telling your family and friends that you love them. Every day is precious. Thank you for the reminder, Rebeckah.

Mandey said...

Oh, wow, that's beautiful!

Brooke said...

how sweet!

jennykate77 said...

Ahhh, this is so sweet...and totally making me cry. Pass the kleenex. Shows us how important it is to show the ones we love how much they mean to us. Actions speak louder than words.

Thanks for posting.

Have a great Tuesday!

Katie said...

So true we all need to be reminded of this. What purse did you go with? Inquaring minds want to know.

mimi said...

Totally crying over here!!! That was so sweet. Now, I'm going to go hug my boys!

The Charm House said...

Rebekah... this is so sweet!!! Thanks for putting it up for us!
I just left RRMama's blog~ She has the most awesome Mother-in-Love! Mothers and Mothers-In-Love are so special that so often we forget to stop and thank them for all they do for us! I have to go and call mine!
:) Yvette

Rachel said...

Such a bittersweet story...thanks for sharring.

big hair envy said...

Amen! That's just beautiful, Rebekah:)

themrs said...

no more making me cry! hope you're feeling better, i tagged you:)

http://adayinthelifeofthemrs.blogspot.com/2009/02/true-confessions.html

Elaine said...

Oh my goodness, with tears streaming down my face.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Ok, I am officially crying. Thanks!!!! But really, thank you, I did need a bit of a cry!

Anonymous said...

a lovely story. Your mom is a wonderful person to spend time with, so I am sure you do a lot! My mommy will be in town soon. plus, i get to see my grandfather. My grandfather is wonderful!

Honey Mommy said...

What a wonderful story. How precious time is, even when we don't realize it.

Fragrant Liar said...

Truly a heartrending tale. Thanks for sharing it.

KJ

SKELLER said...

total tearjerker.
makes me extra thankful I got dinner with Mom & Dad last night.
tho, God willing, they'll be around for years to come.

Kricia Morris Photography said...

OMG, I'm sitting here sobbing on my couch! What a beautiful story and how true was this! Thank you for sharing.

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Keep on posting such themes. I love to read stories like this. Just add some pics :)