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  1. Trinity
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    > >After 21 years of marriage, My wife wanted me to take another woman out
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    > >to dinner and a movie. She said I love you but I know this other woman
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    > >loves you and would love to spend some time with you.
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    > >The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has
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    > >been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three
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    > >children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
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    > >That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.
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    > >"What's wrong, are you well?" she asked. My mother is the type of woman
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    > >who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign
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    > >of bad news.
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    > >"I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I
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    > >responded. "Just the two of us." She thought about it for a moment, and
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    > >then said, "I would like that very much."
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    > >That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit
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    > >nervous.
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    > >When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be
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    > >nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on.
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    > >She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to
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    > >celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was
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    > >as radiant as an angel's.
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    > >"I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they
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    > >impressed," she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait to hear
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    > >about our meeting."
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    > >We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and
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    > >cozy.
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    > >My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down,
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    > >I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way
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    > >through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring
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    > >at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. "It was I who used to have to
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    > >read the menu when you were small," she said.
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    > >"Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I
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    > >responded.
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    > >During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation-nothing
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    > >but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so
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    > >that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said,
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    > >"I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you." I
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    > >"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice.
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    > >Much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.
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    > >A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened
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    > >so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her.
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    > >Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant
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    > >receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note
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    > >said: "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be
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    > >but nevertheless, I paid for two plates -- one for you and the other
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    > >your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me.
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    > >I love you, son."
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    > >At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: "I LOVE
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    > >YOU" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in
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    > >is more important than God and your family. Give them the time they
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    > >deserve, because these things cannot be put off till "some other time."
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    > >Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal
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    > >after you've had a baby
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    > >..somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history.
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    > >Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct
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    > >..somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
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    > >Somebody said being a mother is boring
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    > >..somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's
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    > >permit.
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    > >Somebody said if you're a "good" mother, your child will "turn out
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    > >..somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.
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    > >Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices
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    > >..somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child
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    > >hit a golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen window.
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    > >Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother
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    > >..somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.
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    > >Somebody said you can't love the fifth child as much as you love the
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    > >first
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    > >..somebody doesn't have five children.
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    > >Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing
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    > >questions in the books
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    > >..somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.
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    > >Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery
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    > >..somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of
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    > >kindergarten, or on a plane headed for military "boot camp."
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    > >Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand
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    > >tied behind her back
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    > >..somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell cookies.
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    > >Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married
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    > >..somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law
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    > >to a mother's heartstrings.
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    > >Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home
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    > >..somebody never had grandchildren.
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    > >Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell
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    > >her
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    > >.. somebody isn't a mother.
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    > >Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
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    > >moments that take our breath away.
     
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    :cry:

    Now I gotta go make a call....
     
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    I can't see myself ever taking my mother out to dinner.
     
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    Very touching, Trinity!
     

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