It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when anelderlygentleman in his 80's arrived to havestitchesremovedfrom his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had anappointmentat 9:00 am..
I took hisvitalsignsand had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with anotherpatient, I would evaluate his wound. Onexam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got theneededsuppliesto remove hissutureand redress hiswound.
Whiletaking care ofhis wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that heneedto go to thenursing hometo eat breakfast with his wife. Iinquiredas toher health.
He told me that she had been therefor a whileand that she was avictimof Alzheimer'sDisease.
As we talked, I asked if she would beupsetif he was a bit late.
Herepliedthat sheno longerknew who he was, that she had notrecognizedhim in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even thoughshe doesn't know who you are?'
He smiled as he patted my hand and said,
'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'
I had tohold backtearsas he left, I hadgoose bumpson my arm, and thought,
'That is the kind oflove I want in my life.'
True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is anacceptanceof all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one thatcomes alongthat has an important message. This one I thought I could share with you.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they justmake the best ofeverything they have. I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.
'Life isn't about how to survivethe storm, But how to dance in the rain.'
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