The Other Woman in My Life 和生命中另一个女人约会
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  The Other Woman in My Life 和生命中另一个女人约会
  ◎ David Farrell
  After 21 years of marriage, I discovered a new way of keeping alive the spark of love. I started togo out with another woman. It was really my wife’s idea.
  “I know that you love her.” she said one day, taking me by surprise. “But I love you.” I protested.
  “I know, but you also love her.”
  The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my mother, who has been a widow for 19years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her onlyoccasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. “What’s wrong, areyou well?” she asked. My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or asurprise invitation is a sign of bad news. “I thought that it would be pleasant to pass some timewith you,” I responded, “just the two of us.” She thought about it for a moment, then said, “Iwould 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 herhouse, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door withher coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate herlast wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant1 as an angel’s. “I told myfriends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed,” she said, as she got intothe car, “they can’t wait to hear about our meeting.”
  We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant2, was very nice and cozy3. My mother took myarm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could onlyread large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staringat me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. “It was I who used to have to read the menu when youwere small.” she said. “Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor.” I responded.
  During the dinner we had an agreeable4 conversation—nothing extraordinary—but catching5 up onrecent events of each other’s life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived ather 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 Icould have imagined.” I answered.
  A few days later my mother died of a massive6 heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’thave a chance to do anything for her. At that moment I understood the importance of saying intime: “I love you” , and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is moreimportant than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be putoff till “some other time”.


1 radiant KABzv     
  • He gave a radiant smile when he heard the news.他听到这个消息后露出欣喜的微笑。
  • She was radiant with joy.她高兴得容光焕发。
2 elegant UjOzi     
  • She was an elegant and accomplished woman.她是位优雅的才女。
  • She has a life of elegant ease.她过着风雅悠闲的生活。
3 cozy ozdx0     
  • I like blankets because they are cozy.我喜欢毛毯,因为他们是舒适的。
  • We spent a cozy evening chatting by the fire.我们在炉火旁聊天度过了一个舒适的晚上。
4 agreeable wKiyJ     
  • He was quite agreeable to accepting the plan.他乐意接受这项计划。
  • I enjoyed an agreeable holiday this summer.今年夏天我度过了一个愉快的假期。
5 catching cwVztY     
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.热情非常富有感染力。
6 massive QBRx2     
  • A massive sea search has failed to find any survivors.经过大规模的海上搜救仍未找到幸存者。
  • He drank a massive amount of alcohol.他喝了大量的烈酒。
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