Saturday, January 8, 2011

Date with Second Woman

After 21 years of Marriage,
my Wife wanted me to take another Woman
out for Dinner and a Movie.
She said I Love You but I know this
other Woman loves you
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 be 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.
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 Extra-ordinary,

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.'

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 Time 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,

My Son.'

At that moment, I understood the Importance of saying in Time:
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.'

Pass This Along To Everyone

With An Aging Parent,
To A Child,
To An Adult,
To Anyone With A Parent,

And Most Importantly,
To Someone You Truly Love.

Note: I have my parents to love and go for dating.


Anonymous said...

Great post. I remember over 5 years ago when my Mom also had a massive heart attack and was gone just like that. We definitely need to act on our first impressions especially when it is involved with family members. Life is to short. We can never act on our feelings too much.

Prof Keshap said...

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