Food For Thought

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This is a story I read from the internet and would like to share with you.
Feel free to share with us on your thoughts after reading it.

After 21 years of marriage, I discovered a new way of keeping alive
the spark of love. A little while ago I had started to go out with another
woman. It was really my wife's idea. “I know that you love her,” she
said one day, taking me by surprise. “But I love YOU,” I protested. “I
know, but you also love her.”

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 pass some time with you”. I responded
”Just the two of us.”
She thought about it for a moment 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
cosy. 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 entree, 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 respond.
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 was almost sure that I
couldn't be there but, never the less, I paid for two plates – one for you
and the other for you wife. You will never know what that night meant
for me. I love you.”

At that moment I understood the importance of saying in time
“Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give
them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off to
“some other time”.

Is this some food for thought, for you?

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Theresa

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7 responses to “Food For Thought”

  1. Mary says:

    Thank you for letting me read this beautiful story. I enjoyed it very much.

    • Shakir says:

      Thank you for posting this story. Tears welled upin my eyes and I used that opportunity to clean my heart. I also liked very much the last quote of Mother Teresa “if you judge people, you have no time to love them”. We all should first learn to love. Love alone can resurrect that which is dead (in us). Love of the creation is love of the Creator indeed.

  2. Lucas says:

    That was truly wonderful incident, that is what we call is an intuition, when you follow your heart it leads you to do things we cannot imagine.

    • Jim says:

      Yes, follow your heart.
      Believe that what is happening is the best thing for you now.
      In future when you look back, you may realize that things happen for a reason, even though we may not see or understand it now.
      Have a great day!

  3. Lorraine says:

    Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do to-day!!!

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