That’s What Happened After My Wife Asked Me to Take Another Woman on a Date
Being busy is part of life, but when Thomas’s wife asked him to take another woman on a date, he was intrigued. He had been happily married for over 21 years to the love of his life. When she told him to go on a date with another woman, it stopped him dead in his tracks. She went on to say how the other lady loved him so much and would appreciate some time with him. It was his mother.
Thomas’s mother had been a widow for over 19 years. Nearly two decades of her life she had spent alone. She was getting up in years and like many people. Thomas had a demanding schedule that did not allow him to go visit her like he should. With three children, a wife, and a full time job; he met himself going and coming. Yet, it was his wife that saw the need for a date that would mean the world to his mother.
That night after Thomas had completed dinner, he picked up the phone to call her. He felt a bit of shame and yet excitement at the same time. He asked her out to dinner and a movie. His mother instantly thought something was wrong with him, as he had never done such a thing before. He assured her that he wanted it to be the two of them spending time together. The date was set for Friday night.
Thomas went to pick her up after work on Friday. She stood there glowing with a new dress and her hair curled. She told her son how excited she was to spend time with him and could not wait to report back to her friends about the evening. They settled in at a quaint restaurant to eat. He had to read the menu to her because her eyes were not so focused and could not read the fine print. They laughed about how she used to read the menu to him when he was a child, and now he is returning the favor.
They talked and talked and soon they talked till the movie was over. They missed the movie that night, but they decided to make a second date. Thomas told her that he would go out with her again, but only if she did the inviting the next time. He left that night feeling as if a weight had been lifted from his shoulders. He really enjoyed the company of his mother. It would be the last time he ever saw her. His mother died of a massive heart attack just a few days later. It was a bitter blow.
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Imagine his surprise when Thomas found a letter in the mail from his mother. Inside was a receipt to the very restaurant they ate at and an attached note. The note told him that she had paid for two plates, one for him and the other for his wife. It also told him of what that night meant to her. He learned that saying “I love you” is something so important and should be done as much as possible.
Thomas learned a valuable lesson about life and the fact that we are not promised tomorrow. What type of guilt would he have lived with his entire life if he did not have that date with his mother? His wife insisted that he make time for his mom, which was an important request. She knew that his mother was up in years and lonely. The date meant so much to his mother because she longed for companionship with her son. The son realized how much he missed his mom and had let work and life get in the way of what was important to him.
People often send flowers to funerals to show their appreciation for the deceased. What about giving flowers every day in some manner. A simple phone call, dinner, or kind word, can mean so much to someone who is lonely. That person that you love and take for granted may not be there tomorrow. Is there someone you need to tell you love?