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Give time to our family

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.”

{ 338 comments… add one }
  • Sadeaque April 7, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Thanks my dear, I have already planned for my mom to surprise her.

  • Femi Olajide April 7, 2012, 5:45 am

    Thanks a million. I have a lot of corrections to make.

  • Moiz April 2, 2012, 6:46 am

    This story is very interesting. It is especially for those who do not give time to their mothers.

  • Lorai March 26, 2012, 8:25 pm

    Nice story to read. We can learn a lot from this. 🙂

  • Josephine March 23, 2012, 7:26 am

    I can’t help it but cry. Now I know the important of my family, thanks.

  • Adetola March 23, 2012, 5:29 am

    Wow! This is touching. Our older relatives should read this and we should always find it easy to express our love to whoever we want to at all time.

  • Mosaku A.W March 22, 2012, 2:53 pm

    So emotional……. Am crying right now. I really wish my mum is alive. So so inspiring….

  • Amit Kumar March 21, 2012, 6:06 am

    This is a really heart touching story. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Kiruthika March 20, 2012, 6:16 am

    I love you mom… thank you Mohammad….

  • Francis Halam March 20, 2012, 1:55 am

    This story is fact based. I am going through the same situation. My family never get any love they deserve from me, I know this but i love them alot but never show my love and hardly talk to them. It became a habbit to me of not talking to them now. I feel shy to talk to them. I need a threapy. I love my family. I love you mom and dad.

  • Orety March 14, 2012, 10:07 am

    This story is outstanding and quite touching. After reading it i had to struggle between tears and a smile. This day, I ask God for the strength to appreciate my family more and devote time to them as well.

  • sameer March 12, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Heart touching!

  • Sadiq March 12, 2012, 1:38 am

    Hi Everyone!!! This is a nice story. We have to realize it in life and remember every second.

  • Swaminathan March 10, 2012, 7:07 pm

    A really amazing story.. I cried before I finish reading this story, I have read many time the same story, but can’t ctrl my tears..

    I love my mom very much, that my wife knows…..

  • Chukwudi March 9, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Emotional, heart touching and melting blog. I will do just that. Mom, I LOVE U.

  • Odili Martins March 9, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Oh, quite emotional, am close to tears. I love you my first lady (mum)

  • Chioma March 9, 2012, 1:20 pm

    This is a warning for those of us who are forever busy. No time for our mums, dads, siblings, friends, spouses and children. I pray we will not wish we had done it when it becomes too late. Thank you for sharing this with us, God bless you.

  • Prem March 9, 2012, 3:58 am

    Very touchy story… thanks.

  • Mauche March 8, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I love this piece, I’ll nw tk majors in adding value 2 my family.

  • Junior March 7, 2012, 3:41 am

    Really touching!

  • ANSH March 4, 2012, 10:52 am

    It is a great story.

  • Diddi Sathish March 3, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Heart touching… and every son must do like that.

  • Shamaki Peace N. March 1, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Wow! Wow!

  • Victorezeme March 1, 2012, 7:54 am

    Mom, Good bless you forever, I love you. Thanks.

  • Siem Minthang Gangte February 29, 2012, 7:13 am

    I believe that it is very very true. It’s not about not having time it’s about giving out your time.

  • Henry February 24, 2012, 5:07 am

    Parents are God-given, the sooner we realize that the better for all of us

  • Kuy February 22, 2012, 1:04 am

    God gave me my family. I love them so much. My family is my treasure. Inspiring story that every one would appreciate. Lets make the most memorable time with our family by simply saying I LOVE YOU.

  • Karen February 20, 2012, 2:25 am

    If only all the children in the world can read this, then maybe they will learn to treasure the older folks more, cause as I see it today most youngsters only have eyes for their other half.

  • Neeraj Devnani February 17, 2012, 9:33 am

    It’s an amazing story, really it’s true.

  • Romel February 15, 2012, 10:24 pm

    If only I can turn back in time I would spend a lot of time esp. to my mom. I really-really miss her but she left us already. Thanks for sharing this I am one of the fortunate men I ever read this.

  • CHAPWALA February 3, 2012, 6:32 am

    Thanks for sharing such a pathetic and heart felt story and I make a commitment to myself, to love and to show love to my family and anybody around me in all situations or conditions.

  • jhane February 2, 2012, 11:55 pm

    nice story…my tears was falling!!

  • Busrah February 1, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I am glad I read this story. Touching and noted for action. I love you mom and dad.

  • Bukky Ajayi February 1, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Thanks for this great message, I hope I will never make this mistake again.

  • Dada ty Okunowo February 1, 2012, 3:52 am

    Nice story! It is heart touching… love to be your fan.

  • Musa February 1, 2012, 12:13 am

    Another lesson to be learnt from this story is the connection between his wife and his mom. The wife ask him to go for dinner with the mom, while the mom later paid the bills for him and his wife for the next date. I think there’s something unique about that too.

  • Amina Micah January 31, 2012, 7:36 pm

    This story is so torching and a great lesson to everyone whose mum is still alive and thank you for this wonderful story.

  • Samson January 31, 2012, 4:00 am

    Thanks for this eye opening message.

  • R K Moorthy January 30, 2012, 11:53 am

    Really touching story…

  • Denis Nichael January 30, 2012, 5:36 am

    You guys have done a nice work. Though I don’t have a mom, but promise her before her death that I will take my young first in her place.

  • Nora January 30, 2012, 5:03 am

    I’m so touched. It made me appreciate all mothers esp my mum the more.

  • Abalihi January 30, 2012, 4:35 am

    Can’t hold my tears

  • Uju January 30, 2012, 4:13 am

    How I wish my mom was still here, I would have taken her out to dinner and movies every chance I get.

  • Tinuola January 30, 2012, 2:48 am

    May God open our hearts to wisdom. And grant us d grace. I love dis. How I wish families can get this. I love this.

  • Ijeoma Opara January 29, 2012, 11:32 pm

    Awesome. Divine. Heart wrenching.

  • Sally January 29, 2012, 2:01 pm

    Am realy inspired by this write -up

  • Reuben January 29, 2012, 1:26 pm

    It actualy reminds me of things i plan to do for my mum but postponed thinking the timing is not good. I always wanted to do a bigger thing in a bigger way.

  • Taiwoolatoye January 29, 2012, 3:46 am

    It’s a wonderful write-up and am sincerely inspired, indeed our attitude to given our family some quality time of our life is very important. Thanks for such a wonderful time you invested in the writing and posting for public benefit. Good job! Keepe it up.

  • Grace January 27, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Oh what a story! No wonder my hubby loves his mum so much.

  • Utibe January 26, 2012, 10:44 am

    Wow! Really nice. There’s nothing like having a great wife like the one in the story, and nothing much greater than a man listening to his wife. Nice story, nice writing. Love it 🙂

  • Ayelaagbe Olalekan January 23, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Lovely and intresting one. It is good to care for ur family. Care 4 ur family & i will care mine too, we can be both care for our country.

  • Ananya January 16, 2012, 12:56 am

    Awesome, I am spellbound after reading this story. Very well written thanx for reminding the simple things of life.

  • Mayaba January 14, 2012, 3:13 am

    Am Grateful for this story. It has made me Realise the Importance of Family. BRAVO…

  • Ravneet January 12, 2012, 7:32 am

    It’s such a nice story… 🙂
    Thanks!

  • TiandTeo January 8, 2012, 10:02 am

    Thank you so much. The story is very significant. I have made so many mistakes to my parent. After i finished this story, i wanted to come back my home to meet my parent as soon as possible.

  • Koushal January 6, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Wow!!! Really heart touching story……tears are not letting my words of course……. MOM IS ALWAYS GREAT IN OUR LIFE MAN!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for posting it dear friend!!!!!

  • Shrikant Pupal December 18, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Its an awesome STORY, thanks for PRESENTING. Ill Take Care Of My Family And 1 Deserves.

  • Navya Punam December 15, 2011, 6:06 am

    Nice one. Tears rolled in my eyes… It’s true …nothing is important than parents….

  • Rajesh Varu December 11, 2011, 8:53 am

    It is awesome. I love you so much Mom-Dad…:)

  • Furqan Ahmed December 7, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Hey mom… I love you but I don’t know why I can never express my feelings in front of you… even I don’t know the reason… but I am missing you very much when I am not seeing you around. Umaaah to mom.

  • Subba Reddy December 3, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Very touching and inspiring. I can’t stop crying. Everyone should know the importance of family and our loved ones and spare some time for them is verymuch important.

  • Namabansal November 24, 2011, 11:38 am

    This story touches the heart. Tears was coming from my eyes when I read the end. This story tells us the importance of our family ! Now I feel that I love my parents very much! Love you mom and papa!

  • Bhupendra Tiwari November 24, 2011, 3:48 am

    The best ever heart touching story I read. Thanks a ton to you man ~

  • SANGAVI November 4, 2011, 10:43 am

    Emotional!!! Fabulous…

  • Meg November 3, 2011, 7:43 pm

    What an inspiring story…
    I feel so emotional at this moment.
    I’m missing my family. I hoping to have a date with my parents too. I really love them so much!
    Thank you for this story.=)

  • Hmza October 26, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Thank u so much brother for that inspiring story, it really makes me aware about the importance of parents in every human life and it was a wise decision from the wife and from u too. Congratulations.

  • Ron October 23, 2011, 7:30 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful life touching stories.. as I read this story my tears falling.. its just reminds me when I was a boy… thank you godbless..

  • Ohara October 19, 2011, 3:18 pm

    I am so glad that you had that final evening with your mother. I am sure that it gave you great comfort and a wonerful memory. It really doesn’t take much to make a mom as happy as you made yours. Thank you for sharing such a touching story.

  • Harsh October 19, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Really nice:) overwhelmed and started missing my mom..eyes filled with tears.

  • YOMI BABATUNDE October 18, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Let us always share our moment of happiness, and our period of questions and concern with our family.

  • Mhy October 12, 2011, 11:32 pm

    Always give our best time to our family especially to our parents who raised us to experience a better life.

  • Monali September 21, 2011, 8:16 am

    After reading this story, my eyes are full of tears. It touched to the heart. We love our parents but we never show them that “How much we love him?” but i think we must tell them how they are important to us. After my dad, i have only mom. and my mom always give whatever we want and everything we want. Now its our turn to give them a lot of love and happiness.

    Love you Mom and Dad.

  • Amar K Singh September 18, 2011, 10:26 am

    Very touching, I love you mom and dad …!

  • Nisha September 18, 2011, 1:07 am

    Very touching and heart piercing story… I love my mom. God bless you.

  • Des September 11, 2011, 3:49 am

    It makes my tears fall at the last part of the story.. sometimes in our life we just take for granted our parents… maybe we don’t have the same parents.. just like me.. my mother and I are not close.. but as I read the story I think it’s time to forgive and forget.. anyway I am now also a mother… thanks to your story and God Bless you.

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