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"Wind Beneath My Wings" Performed by Bette Midler 1988


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 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. My mother is the type of woman
who suspects that a late night call or 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 where 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."



Somebody said it takes about 6 weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby . . .
Somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct . . .
Somebody never took a 3-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring . . .
Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.

Somebody said good mothers never raise their voices . . .
Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen window.

Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother . . .
Somebody never helped a 4th grader with his math.

Somebody said you can't love the 5th child as much as you love the first . . .
Somebody doesn't have 5 children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books . . .
Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery . . .
Somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the 1st day of kindergarten,
or on a plane headed for military boot camp.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back . . .
Somebody never organized 7 giggling Brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married . . .
Somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son- or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home . . .
Somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her . . .
Somebody isn't a mother.

Pass this page along to all the "mothers" in your life.
We should also pass it on to anyone who has ever loved and/or lost a mother.
Have A Blessed Day

 


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