“My wife urged me to take another woman to dinner and a movie after 21 years of marriage. She remarked, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.””

“My mother, who had been a widow for 19 years, was the other person my wife wanted me to see, but I had only been able to do so periodically due to the responsibilities of my job and my three children.”

“I called her that evening to extend an invitation to go out to supper and a movie”.

“She questioned, “What’s wrong, are you okay?” I said, “I thought it would be nice to spend some time with you.” We are the only two”.

“She gave it some thinking before stating, “I would like that very much.””

“I was a little anxious as I drove over to pick her up that Friday after work. She was dressed in the same gown that she had worn to honour her most recent wedding anniversary, and her hair was curled. She grinned with a countenance that radiated with the light of an angel. She stated, “I told my friends that I was going out with my son, and they were impressed,” as she got into the car. They eagerly anticipate hearing about our meeting”.

“Despite not being sophisticated, the restaurant we visited to was extremely nice and cosy. Like the First Lady, my mother took my arm. I had to peruse the menu once we had taken a seat. She could only read huge print with her eyes. I opened my eyes halfway through the entries to saw Mom seated there looking at me. She had a wistful expression on her lips. When you were younger, I had to read the menu to you, she remarked. Then it’s time for you to unwind and let me repay the favour, I said”.

“We had a pleasant talk over supper, catching up on each other’s recent lives’ events but nothing particularly noteworthy. We spoke for so long that the movie was missed. Later, when we were pulling up to her house, she remarked, “I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.” I concurred”.

“”How was your dinner date?” I asked. after I went home, I asked my wife”.

“”That’s nice. Much more so than I had anticipated,” I said”.

“My mum passed away after a severe heart attack a few days later. I had no opportunity to help her because it happened so quickly. After a while, I got an envelope with a copy of the restaurant receipt that my mother and I had eaten at. “I paid this bill in advance,” read a message that was attached. Even though I wasn’t certain that I could go, I nonetheless paid for two plates—one for you and the other for your wife. You will never comprehend how much that evening meant to me”.

“”Son, I love you.””

“I realised then how important it is to tell our loved ones, “I love you,” in a timely manner and to give them the attention they require. Your family is the most important thing in the world”.