After 25 years of marriage, I discovered a new way of keeping alive the spark of love.
A little while ago, I went out with another woman.
It was really my wife's idea.
"I know you'll love her," she said one day, taking me by surprise.
"But I love YOU too," I protested.
"I know, but you also love her."
The other woman who my wife wanted me to visit was my mother who had
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 surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
"I thought that it would be pleasant to pass 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 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."
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.
Halfway through the entree, 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."
"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home.
"Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined, "I
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
An attached note said:
"I paid this bill in advance. I was almost sure that I couldn't
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
At that moment I understood the importance of saying, in time:
"I LOVE YOU" and to give our loved ones the time that they
Nothing in life is more important than God and your family.
Give them the time they deserve because these things cannot be put off until "some other time."
Circle of Friends
A powerful inspirational story. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture
you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.