After 21 years of marriage, Tom's wife wanted him 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 a woman that his wife wanted him to visit was his MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of his work and his three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night Tom called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.
'What's wrong, are you well,' she asked? Tom's 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 that it would be pleasant to be with you,' Tom 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 he drove over to pick her up he was a bit nervous.
When he arrived at her house, he noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about their 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 angel's.
'I told my friends that I was going to go 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'. They went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. Tom's mother took his arm as if she were the First Lady.
After they sat down, he had to read the menu. Large print. Halfway through the entries, he lifted his eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at him. 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,' Tom responded.
During the dinner, they had an agreeable conversation - nothing extraordinary, but catching up on recent events of each other's life.
They talked so much that they missed the movie.
As they arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.' , Tom agreed.
'How was your dinner date?' asked his wife when he got home. 'Very nice.
Much more than I could have imagined,' he answered.
A few days later, Tom's mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that he didn't have time to do anything for her.
Some time later, he received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place they had dined.
An attached note said:
'I paid for 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, Tom 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 God and your family.
Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till 'some other time.'
Thank you & have a relaxed day !!!