Something to think about!!!!!!

Get your tissues out ladies!!!This will bring tears to your eyes!!!


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 c alled 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 b e 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 th ey 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, s he 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.'
* * *
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back
to normal after you've had a baby.... somebody
doesn't know that once you're a mother,
'normal' is history.
* * *
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by
inst inct .. somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
* * *
Somebody said being a mother is boring ....
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit. Somebody said if you're a'good' mother,
your child will 'turn out good'....
somebody thinks a child comes with
directions and a guarantee.
* * *
Somebody said you don't need an education to be a
mother.... somebody never helped a fourth grader
with his math.
* * *
Somebody said you can't love the second child as
much as you love the first .... somebody doesn't
have two children.
* * *
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother
is labor and delivery....
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....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....somebody never had
grandchildren.
* * *
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so
you don't need to tell her.... somebody isn't a
mother.

9 comments:

Chrissy said...

This is so sweet. And it reminds me that I don't see my grandmother as much as I should. Speaking of which when I get over this stomache bug and am feeling better I will take grandma up on her dinner inviation from last month.

Chrissy

Jeanette said...

How precious. I did tear up. Thank you for sharing the isight and reminder to love those you loe. JCV

Darlene said...

Thanks for the kleenex warning, what a story. Lots of lessons to be learned from it. TFS. darlene

EllePiggo said...

Oh Dawn, this did bring tears to my eyes!!!!

Vanessa.

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

You were right, I am at working with tears in my eyes, and chills in my spine..What a beautiful poem...as a mother of two...thanks for sharing. chris

Scrapbook Mama said...

oH man that is beautiful yes and did make me tear up. Thank you so much for sharing this. ((HUGS))

-Ellie

Dana said...

I know this all too well. My amazing FIL passed away unexpectedly but we spent much time with him! Since my DD was dx with cancer, I cherish everyday with those I LOVE! :)

Sewflake said...

Thanks for sharing, being the mother of two grown men it means a lot to have them say "I love you Mom".
And theres nothing like having grandchildren that say "I missed you" when I don't see them for a week.
And a reimder that everyone day I spend with my mother is special to her. We are always children until we are the oldest member of the family.

DyannzStampScrap said...

So true! I'm applying this to my SIL too! You see she passed away 2/9, having been in the hospital since 12/26. The last weeks were awful, in ICU. We were next door neighbors all of our life, marrying brothers. I told her, at Thanksgiving, I would take her for lunch/haircut (she was handicapped). I never did it, with the business of Christmas. We always bought them presents, a lot of them, as they had little. At the funeral I spoke, telling all that we were more than SIL's. I was born 1 day after her 10th birthday. Her mother responded that she had always called me her "baby". I didn't know this. I feel so sorry that I didn't follow thru, however I did spend many days with her since Christmas. Because of that I am thankful. Moral of the story, you never know what is ahead of us. Make sure you tell your loved ones that they are loved.