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IT'S A GOOD TIME TO SAY, "I LOVE YOU MOM"
Posted on Sunday, May 11 @ 01:57:04 CDT by van

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As you might suspect, from the hundreds of thousands who have read the articles on this "blog", I get sent more than plenty of cute, patriotic, religious and though provoking articles. Usually, I read them, laugh a bit or even occasionally tear-up a bit then press the "delete" button and send most of them into cyber-space. The following article is one of those rare exceptions. It touched my heart as I know it will yours. The author had pondered, as all of us have whose Mothers are now in Heaven, all of the things we wish we had told that special lady who, in the fullness of time, took God’s hand in hers and together, they gave us life. In honor of my own Mother, my wife, my daughters and my sisters, all of whom are Mothers, I am sharing this gem with you on "MOTHERS’ DAY, 2008.". .



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 has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three 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 a sunrise invitation is a sign of bad news.

"I though 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 angle’s. "I told my friends that I was going 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 the large print. Half-way through the entrees, I lifted my eyes and saw Mother 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 others’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 you 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. Sometime later, I received an envelop 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 never the less, 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 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 six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby. That somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, "normal" is history!

Somebody said you can’t love the second child as much as you love the first. That somebody doesn’t have two or more children!

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

Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets married. That 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. That somebody never had grandchildren!

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her. That somebody isn’t a MOTHER!

This isn’t just about being a mother; it’s about appreciating the people in your lives while you have them....no matter who that person is!

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions..
Watch your actions, they become habits..
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it become your destiny!

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


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