INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “A special date”

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A man  narrating his date with his mother after 21 yrs…..

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 surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. “I thought 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 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.”

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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 with her glasses. 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 others 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 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.

(Author unknown)

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    Powerful message as most of the time we are to preoccupied with daily nonsense and miss the big picture

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  2. Definitely a powerful story and beautiful

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    1. Thank you dear friend Tanvir! Yes, I think it’s a good reminder not to miss the opportunities we have with our loved ones to express our love. Thank you for your kind comment and appreciation 🙂 Amira

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      1. All my pleasure Amira! Yours and few more bloggers are my favourite who share the wonderful stories with strong moral

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        1. Thank you so much, your words make my day! That is my aspiration to inspire 🙂 ❤

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  3. Brilliant story and so much truthness in what they say that once we depart what is the use of proclaiming our love but when we live why not say so and see the smiles and happiness on everyone’s faces and especially a mother who gives her heart and soul to her children. Thanks for this marvelous share dear Amira.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! I agree with you totally! Sometimes we take fro granted and miss so many opportunities, especially when we are young and busy with our lives , we think our parents are going to live forever… but this is a reminder for us not to miss those precious moments to express our love. Time passes quickly…
      Sending love and light to you dear friend,
      Amira

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      1. Yes for sure Amira and I think this is a human tendency there will be very few who will be so loving towards one and all. Time passes so quickly that we simply don’t know where we have come from where to where. Love and hugs to you dear Amira.

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  4. LindaP says:

    Such a touching story! I could barely hold back the tears! We never know when it may be the last time that we get to tell someone we love them, so do it often!!! Love you Amira! Lindaxoxoxoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! Yes, I was also touched by this story, sometimes “life gets in the way” we start to rush and forget to acknowledge and appreciate our loved ones, taking it for granted that they know they are loved, but it’s so nice to hear it, and to have those special moments. All my love back to you as well ❤

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