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"In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown,

a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people." 

 Luke 1:49


Being a Mother


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  with you."

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 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 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 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 second child as much  as you
  love the first .... somebody doesn't have two  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, and to everyone
  who ever had a mother.

This isn't just about  being a mother, it's about appreciating the
  people in your life while you  have them....no matter who that
person is.



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