Saturday, June 16, 2007

Last Date.

Post 231 - - - - - Saturday, 16th June, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope you have had a good week and that
the weekend will be enjoyable. Ours is half over, but has been
a little warmer today, so that was nice. Still had the heater on
but the sun was doing it's best outside. So they tell me !!

My dear friends Sue and Bill celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary today. They have a wonderful marriage and are
a great example of how marriage should be. Would you like
to pop over and add your good wishes? Thanks, folks. It
seems I cannot add the link tonight - - the url is or Sue in my blogroll.

BTW My football team got thoroughly belted last night !!
But there's always next week !!

Tonight's story is a nice one, that I have called "Last Date."
Have a tissue handy !!!

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 too,
and she would love to spend some time with you."

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my
MOTHER who had 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
doorway 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 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 as 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

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 home 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 said.

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 siad, "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure
that I could be there nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for
you and the other one for your wife. You will never know what
that night meant to me. I love you, Son."

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time.
"I LOVE YOU" and to give your loved ones the time they deserve.
Nothing is more important than your family. Give them the time
they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till "some
other time."

Son : Dad, what makes the wind blow ?
Father : I don't know, son.
Son : Dad what makes water ?
Father : I don't know, son.
Son : Dad, why is fire hot ?
Father : I don't know, son.
Son : Dad, you don't mind if I bother you with all these
questions, do you ?
Father: Of course not, son. How are you ever going to learn
anything if you don't ask questions.

Billy Bob and Luther were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob
tells Luther. "Ya know, I'm about ready for a vacation. Only
this year, I'm gonna do it a little differently. The last few years,
I took your advice about where to go.

Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii. I went to Hawaii and
Earline got pregnant.

Then two years ago you said to go to the Bahamas, and Earline
got pregnant again.

Last year you suggested Tahiti and darned if Earline didn't get
pregnant again."

Luther asks Billy Bob, "So what are you gonna do this year
that's different ?"

Billy Bob says, "This year I'm taking Earline with me."

You know you're a redneck when . . . . . .

Your gene pool doesn't have a "deep end."

Your dog can't watch you eat without gagging.

You have been fired from a construction job because of your

Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.

Fewer than half your cars run.

You buy two CB radios so you can talk to yourself.

Your mom gives you tips on how to sneak booze into sporting

You wake up with a black eye and a hickey.

You've been to a funeral and there were more pick-ups than cars.

Your dog rides in your truck more than your wife.

Things NOT to say During Childbirth . . . . .

-- Gosh, you're lucky. I sure wish men could experience the miracle
of childbirth.

-- Do you think the baby will come before Monday Night Football

-- I hope you're ready. The Glamor Shot photographer will be here
in fifteen minutes.

-- If you think this hurts, I should tell you about the time I twisted
my ankle playing basketball.

-- That was the kids on the phone. Did you have anything planned
for dinner ?

-- You don't need an epidural. Just relax and enjoy the moment.

-- This whole experience reminds me of an episode of I Love Lucy.

-- Oops, which cord was I supposed to cut ?

-- Stop your swearing and just breathe.

-- Remember what we learned in Lamaze class. HEE HEE HOO HOO.
You're not using the right words.

-- Your stomach still looks like there's another one in there.

And the usual few quotes to finish with - - - -

Life is what happens to you whie you're busy making other
plans. - - - John Lennon.

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always
tempted to ask, 'Compared to what ?" -- Sydney J. Harris.

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.
The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. Anon.

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the
interval. - - - George Santayana.

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
- - - - Albert Camus. French Writer.

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do
this ? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I
will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones;
yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the
light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness
for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it
enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my
soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I
will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
- - - Og Mandino.

Bye now my friends, Take great care and enjoy your lives.
Love and best wishes to you all. Cheerio, Merle.

Post 231 - - - - - Saturday, 16th June, 2007.



Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I know nothing about the football teams down under, except that Robyn has been celebrating her team’s (Queensland) victories. Sorry about you team’s loss, Merle.

Lady Di Tn said...

Being from the South, I truly lol at the red neck jokes.
I tell Puppy, Prince,Mimi and Maggie dog every day that I love them and sometimes more than once.
I do miss the parents and there are no do overs.
Again, I cherish reading your blog as I laugh, cry and learn all at once. Thanks for the memories they stir.
Sorry your team lost.

Anonymous said...

Luther asks Billy Bob, "So what are you gonna do this year
that's different ?"

Billy Bob says, "This year I'm taking Earline with me."

Merle, good one.

Raggedy said...

Wundrful post!
Huggles and Love,

Lee said...

Where's "Jezza" when you need him, Merle? ;)

Val said...

Friday night's game was the biggest debacle. And there's no game next week as it's the mid season break. I hope the players are training their guts out, to make it up to us. Friday night, home game, record crowd and televised, and they put on that miserable performance. I'm angry! Even your jokes haven't made me laugh as they usually do.

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle, Another Tear jerker A lovely Story. Always find time to tell your loved ones you love them,
I Knew you would be very happy with my news Ty.
Not a good game to watch on friday night,never mind at least you have had a few wins always next game. Poor Tigers are yet to show there claws.. GO TIGERS!!!!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Heehee! Merle, I love your jokes and witty sayings.

Hope your weekend is not too cold...bit chilly in our region.

Hugs xoxo