Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Touching My Heart

****forwarded by friend to my email...****

Here is another beautiful story that touched my heart, trust you will
enjoy reading it and then practice it .. toooo.

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 time 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 be 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

"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. 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 did to not get 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 God and your family. Give them the
time they deserve, because these things cannot be put
off till "some other time."

Pass this along to everyone with an aging parent, to a
child, to an adult, to anyone with a parent.

"Please do not take people you LOVE for Granted" .. it is said that
people we love the most .. we hurt the most. Lets change this. NOW.


Josh said...

Aiyoooo.... very the touching one. I always tell my parents I love them.

mazddaud said...

hi josh,

you're very good son!!

i love my parents so much but i can't tell them directly....mungkin sebab saya dah dibesarkan on that way...we know we love each others just we can't say it....(:

kak ja said...

Salam Maz,
Kja insyaAllah akan buat satu entry khas tentang ni.. bila kja dah bebetoi bersedia..Bukan bertujuan utk memburuk2kan sesaper, tp utk pedoman dan panduan hidup kita semua..Or mebi, nnt kalau kita jumpa kja boleh mulakan dgn muqaddimah serba skit..

[danial][ma] said...

hej! mazddaud...what a touching entry that reminded me of two lovely ladies that love me dearly but they have gone...

azizi said...


i remember when i was saying to my parents that i love them (tp cakap bhs kelate la kan), diorg mcm tersenyum .. tp my mum was in tears.
.. i did dine with them, and buy them a luxury thing. and celebrate their birthday. Pretty funny, since we are kampung type, and doing those stuffs.
~ sometimes - we have to show it clearly. I have been trying this ever since. I guess, it is a bit awkward in the beginning, but when it is a norm, it will be great.

mazddaud said...

salam kja,

saya akan tunggu entry yg kja maksudkan tu....

ya, saya setuju tu..bukan bermaksud nak mengaibkan sesiapa just untuk panduan hidup kita semua...

mazddaud said...

hi danial,

ya, went someone we love so much gone, then we realize there is still something we owe them....always...:(

mazddaud said...


yup, org kampung ni memang biasa la...dalam hal2 cam ni, pemalu sangat..kekadang dah mcm malu tak bertempat...

it's very good when you can said that you love your parents in front of them [dok kisah lah kecek kelate pung....:)]

hopefully i can do the time!!