Give time to our family

by Stephen on October 14, 2008 · 314 comments

in Moral Stories

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.”

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 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.” 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. 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.”

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mohammad_aljbory December 2, 2008 at 8:02 am

Thank you…thank you…thank you my dear from now on I’m fan of you…to tell the truth the tears was falling from my eyes before finishing this blog…I realized I did many mistakes with my family especially with my mom…God bless you and keep going…congratulations.

2 Stephen December 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Hi Mohammad 🙂

I am very glad you find this blog useful. Take care!

3 Shalom July 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Oh, it’s a nice story… I like it!

It’s very inspiring…


4 Sandip Joshi September 13, 2009 at 6:55 am

I could not hold back my tears. It is inspiring story.

5 Rosa October 24, 2009 at 1:57 am

I wept 🙂
I miss home and my mom. I’m going through a major exam in a foreign country, and I’ll do my best to go home soon.
And I’ll dine with my mother everyday 🙂
Thank you so much.

6 Leena October 30, 2009 at 8:20 am

Heart melting story. I love my mom. I plan to spend time with my mom now.

7 Leena October 30, 2009 at 7:47 am

Thanks to your wife who advised you to go with your mother. All the wives must be like yours and all sons must be the same too. Thia what LIFE & LOVE. Both we can experience only when we live. Your advice to spend time with the family is Superb. Hats off to u and tears rolling up

8 iamallen November 5, 2009 at 11:11 am

I can’t help my tears from falling…such a nice and inspiring story…God bless… 😉

9 Jules December 20, 2009 at 4:45 am

Very nice story, hopefully I can do the same..hopefully my mom will forgive me on what I did to her. I LOVE YOU MOM.

10 Dawood pasha December 22, 2009 at 5:25 am

Really a touching story, definitely I am planning to take my mother for dinner.

11 Jeff December 29, 2009 at 1:41 am

Very touching. I love you Mum.

12 Arifa January 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

Really touched d heart n feeling so good after reading dis story, evey 1 in dis world will not b like those characters as mentioned in d story but shld try 2 make happy all n most importantly shld spend more time with family n BOYS SHLD NOT FORGET THIER MOMS AFTER D MARRIAGE

13 Raja January 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

It is a really touching story, I am really impressed with that wife.

14 Azmanctm January 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

This is the second time that I am reading this story. Still brings tears into my eyes.

Keep up the good work – this is story telling at its best.

15 Bala February 3, 2010 at 4:15 am

I am reading this for the first time. It is so touching and brings tears in to my eyes.

16 Purva February 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

Very emotional story.Sometimes, we dont give importance to someone who is really very special, and when we realize it sometimes it is too late.

17 TySawn March 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

As they say, “You never know what one’s love is like until its gone”. Thank you for the heartfelt story. I appreciate it 100%. P.S. Thank you Omma for being there when I needed you. XOXO you

18 SHONAL April 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love this story a lot… Really heart melting story. Me too believe that family is more important than other selfish and egoistic desires… Thank, really useful blog.

19 Yousuf April 15, 2010 at 3:44 am

No words to say …… really heart touching story, I can’t stop thinking….

20 MYOVELA JULIUS April 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

Ooh my lord…! Now my tears are on the ground…..really it is a heartfelt story……… Love you my mom.

21 Rina May 21, 2010 at 5:04 am

a very heart touching story………too emotional…… u my darling mom

22 Kiran May 23, 2010 at 6:40 am

Really very nice and emotional story. I love my mom a lot.

23 Sanju June 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Very Superb Story Sir.. 🙂
Touched My heart Completly.. Even My Eyes Are Wet Now.. 🙂

24 Gopi July 17, 2010 at 1:33 am

Lovely story. I inspired a lot.

25 Kentucky Reignman July 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

man that was awesome, happy and sad at the same time…whew

26 Harprit July 30, 2010 at 3:27 am

It was the most touching story, it bought tears in my eyes……

27 Harprit July 30, 2010 at 3:28 am

Heart touching story…..

28 Dipti August 25, 2010 at 3:58 am

Touching story indeed…

But is very real in today’s context, we have become so busy in our hassled lives that we dnt even get enough or no time for our near and dear ones..

The need of the hour says that we must act or else we’ll be victims of the same some day…

29 Annie September 13, 2010 at 3:18 am

It’s a beautiful story. I was surprised when I read the ending of the story.

30 Bhav September 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Too good one. Keep writing n make it publish..

31 Pradeep September 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

this story really touched my heart….
the 2nd last para, made my eyes float in salt water…
realy it is very good.. thanks for makin me read this…

32 Mans September 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Very touchy…. I was almost in tears as I read the last two paras… thanks for publishing it…

33 Tasneem October 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

No words to describe my feelings…

34 Dr Avan October 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I loved your story, my eyes leaked & I went immediately to my parents & told them how much I loved them ….. thank u for sharing….

35 Hubba_Bubba_LOVER October 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

It was truly inspiring and I wish to make more effort with my family. GRREAT!!:)


36 Senti Aier October 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I am to speak to a group of very busy fathers tonight. First I thought this story is relevant ‘for’ them but only to realize that it is more relevant ‘for’ me. Thanks and God bless you.

37 Muzaffar sheriff November 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

Well I was in the office and got in to this link I opened and kept it to read twice. I went through the first ten lines in between some call and work so I skipped the page twice I did and finally I tried to read whole content.

Well hats of to the woman who understands the husband’s feel and gave this word which I am so much impressed “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.” Well money is not all in life. There are few thing where money cant take that special place. Good story.

38 Glen from Oman November 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Very touching, I lost my mom when I was just 9 years, but I will surely give the value of Love to my children so that they will love me and my wife when we are old

39 Sudhakark November 24, 2010 at 12:32 am

Heart touching story. My bro gone through this blog and told me. Hat’s off to the son, the mother and wife. No wonder I too couldn’t control my tears.

40 Israel Chima November 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

I have the plan of giving my wife all the time I have but never thought of starting with my mum.

Thanks for the timely reminder.

41 lendl February 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

I read this to my student and she was crying. We were both in tears actually. It was so inspiring… I hope I can say that to my father soon… especially that we are not in good condition…:(

42 Raj March 6, 2011 at 6:39 am

My tears flooded… also all the friends were in tears with whom I shared this story…

43 Syed Zeeshan Ali March 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

Heart touching nice story

44 Seshu March 16, 2011 at 4:30 am

No words to describe what a wonderful story and this site is really amazing……. thanks for the wonderful theme u r passing on

45 Mona April 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I read this before and made me cry. However, my husband has left to spend the Easter with his mom and I was infavour of the idea for him to go and see her.
I think you have a wonderful wife, may God bless u and ur family.

46 khader April 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

I am reading this story for the first time. I am 25yrs old but not married & still I am feeling like just to run away from my work and take my mom for a dinner. Really heart touching story. I hope all should take a lesson from this story & give the respect to their moms as the way they deserve. Thanks for publishing such a nice story.

47 Anna April 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm

This is a very nice story. I have read and became emotional. I would like to request every son to read this and learn something from it.

Thanks to u

48 Vinam April 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Amazing,,,I couldn’t control my tears,,, …

49 Dianah May 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

That is a woman of a noble character! That man found A WIFE,
Very inspiring story

50 Gaurav_Luthra May 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

I was in dire need of such a story. I am far away from my family and doing job for money. Now i will find job near my home and will stay there forever.
Thanks alot friend, God bless you!

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