Nick did this for a few more weeks and hoped he had done the right thing, letting his mom go out with friends, buying her things, and doing chores. But, one day the cloaked man appeared again and said, “You have failed to keep your mother happy. You have failed the mission of being by her side. You sent her out with “friends” without knowing that she doesn’t have friends. The people she’s been hanging out with are not friends but people who use her making her do things for them. You have failed so I shall take your mother with me, Nick Richards. I am disappointed in you as a father. I thought I had left your mother in good hands but apparently I didn’t. I hoped you would learn from this and become a better son to your mother,” the cloaked man said as he revealed himself to be Nick’s deceased father.
“No! Don’t take her, please!” Nick screamed. He awoke in a cold sweat with his mom by his side. He sat up immediately and hugged his mom for a few minutes crying, “I thought I had lost you. I’m sorry for taking you for granted. I should have been a better son. I’m sorry for never listening to you and bossing you around. If I had known what it was like to lose you I would have done better. I’m sorry mom and thank you for everything you’ve done for me until now. Starting today I’m going to do my best to make you happy.”
“Nick, you don’t have to be sorry. I should have asked for help and you are perfect the way you are; you may have been annoying at times but I’m glad and thankful that you are my son.”
“Mom, I met dad in my dream. You died in a car accident and I had to live with a foster family and I met dad. He told me he would give me another chance to make you happy, but instead of staying by your side I sent you away because I thought you didn’t like me and liked your friends, but I was wrong and you were taken from me again. After that I realized that I should have done better and stuck by your side instead of pushing you away and taking you for granted. From now on I’ll help you with the chores and go grocery shopping with you and stay by your side. I’ll never take you for granted ever again,” Nick sobbed.
“It’s okay, Nick. You didn’t know much so you were only acting the way you were taught. When I lost your father I thought I had lost everything. I thought I should have done better and that if I had noticed your father was acting weird a little earlier, if I had told him to go to the doctor’s for a check-up, would he still be alive and well with us today? But after some time I realized I did my best and that it was worth marrying your father and having you. When I was down because of your father’s passing, you would always be there for me and would comfort me like your father used to and that gave me strength that helped me get back on my feet so you don’t have to be sorry. I’m doing all this to repay you for your help after your father’s passing. I’ll ask for help when I need it, but in return you have to promise me that you won’t blame yourself for being a bad son because you are the best thing I could have asked for.” After this exchange Nick helped his mom with chores and they lived appreciating every moment they had together and never taking the for granted.
—- Never take someone for granted. Because one day you will end up losing that person. Appreciate every moment you have with the people you love most for once they are gone you won’t be able to go back and thank them for everything they have done for you.—
—Appreciate the small things in life—