His wife asked him to take another woman for a date

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It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling. This is why I would like to share this inspirational story that happened after 21 years of marriage. One day, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and movie.

“I love you very much, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.” she said.

The other woman that 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 3 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.

“I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded.

“Just the two of us”.

Se thought about i for a moment, and said, “I would like that very much”.

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. 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. 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 favour”, 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”. I agreed.

“How was your dinner date”? Asked my wife when I got home.

“Very nice. Much more than I could have imagined”.

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 where mother and I had dined. An attached note said:

“I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be here; but nevertheless I paid for two plates – one for you and the other for your wonderful wife. You will never know what that night meant for me”.

“I love you son”.

There were no words that could explain the powerful words of that letter, My wife had made me avoid a lifetime of guilt. I finally understood the importance of saying in time: “I love you”, and to give our beloved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than you closed and beloved ones.

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