A Mothers Love..tearjerker

  1. > > > > This is very sweet!!
    >
    > > > > A Mothers Love
    > > > >
    > > > > 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 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 entrées, 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 others
    > > > > 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 your
    > > > > 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: "I LOVE YOU"
    > > > > and to give our loved ones the time that they
    > > > > deserve. Nothing in life is
    > > > > more important than God and your family.
    > > > > Give them the time they deserve, because these
    > > > > things cannot be put off till
    > > > > "some other time".
    > > > >
    > > > > Somebody said it takes about six 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 three-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 if you're a "good" mother, your
    > > > child
    > > > > will "turn out
    > > > > good"...somebody thinks a child comes with
    > > > > directions and a guarantee.
    > > > >
    > > > > 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 fourth grader with his math.
    > > > >
    > > > > Somebody said you can't love the fifth child as
    > > > much
    > > > > as you love the first
    > > > > .somebody doesn't have five 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 first 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 seven
    > > > > 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 along to all the "mothers" in your life
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   perfectbluebuildings
    That is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for reminding me what a special mom I have. I miss her so much when I am so far from home, here at school! (sniffle)
  4. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Spent the day with my mom today, could not believe she actually got into listening to cold play with me. (we were driving down the highway a total of 4 hours) moms are special:kiss
    thanks nurse4kids, this was nice.
  5. by   tattooednursie
    Oh my gosh. That really made me cry. It was a very touching story. As most of you know, I have left my home, and now I am feeling so homesick for my mom.
  6. by   Brownms46
    nurs4kids...that was the best of the best! I cried, and then I bursted out when I read the part about putting beans up their noses, and ears..:chuckle! I then read the part about putting them on the school bus, and the part about sending them to boot camp, and I could sure identify with that! Every part of that story touched some emotion in me, and I thought about my son thru all of it.

    I thank you very much for taking the time to post this, as it was a wonderful thing to read, and I totally enjoyed it from beginniing to end..!
  7. by   JedsMom
    Thank you so much. Made me cry too. I can so relate, my baby graduates from high school next week Bless ALL the Moms out there.
  8. by   jnette
    Beautiful, Tracy. Thanx for sharing.

    My Mom won't be coming for Mother's Day this year. For the past 6 years she flew out from Az. to be with us, and we always made it sooooo special ! She'd stay about two weeks, and loved the change of scenery and climate. All the way home from the airport, she'd squeal "ooh, everysing is so gr-r-r-r-eeeeeeeen ! (imitating her accent, here!) "Look at all da tr-r-r-reeeeeees, how gr-r-r-een ! And der are so MANY tr-r-rees !" I guess compared to the barren browns of the desert, this is real eyecandy for her. She'd sit on the front porch (we bought her a rocker last year for Mother's Day so she could be a "porchmonkey like the rest of us)... and she'd clap her hands like a little girl... "aaaaaahh, dis is so nice and kool here, and just look ! Everysing so gr-r-eeeeen !"

    She's such a card. But this year she has a URI going on and her doc advised her not to overdo it with the traveling, as she still plans on returning to Germany and Austria for the summer again. So no 'Mutti" this year. Sure will miss her... won't be the same without her on her special day.
  9. by   JULZ
    IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL STORY AND A REAL TEAR JERKER! I MISS MY MOM TOO AS SHE LIVES 2 HOURS FROM ME. I MAKE IT A POINT TO SEE HER ONCE A WEEK AND HOPEFULLY I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE OUR ONCE A WEEK ENDEVOUR WHEN I START NURSING SCHOOL THIS FALL!
    THANKS FOR THE TOUCHING STORY!
    JULZ
  10. by   MelRN13
    Tracy, that really is a tear jerker! I lost my mom when I was 15, and my only hope is that I can be as half as good a woman as she was. Thanks for the great story!
  11. by   Nursie30
    sniffle sniffle, that was sweet
  12. by   Mermaid4
    Beautiful....I think I will tell my husband to think about doing the same....Me too! Thankyou for this..I hope it is ok with you that I print it out to keep it always....This would be lovely to post on our delivery unit!

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