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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Rain

My aunt just sent this to me in an email. I don't know it it's true or not--sounds a little like a chicken soup for the soul story. But it touched me, and made me think of my mom and dad.

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his 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 he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in
five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every
morning, even though she 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 to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the rain.'


6 Comments
RAGrise
How true! Brought tears to my eyes. :)
Richie & Ashley   Tuesday, January 11, 2011
lgrant
Very true. Someone told me not long ago of a similar story that was true. Very nice.
LGrant   Tuesday, January 11, 2011
GoodNews
Agape Love... That is great!
Good News   Tuesday, January 11, 2011
igna83
I'm sure it's true. My Godmother's Mom had Alzheimer's and her Dad would get up every single day to head over there for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Three times a day. Until she died. And less than a year after she passed, he did. That's true love.

I also worked for a nursing home as my first job--kitchen aide--and there was a young man, about 18-20 years old--who would come in every Sunday after church to bring his Grandmother (also an Alzheimer's patient) a strawberry milkshake from McDonald's because she loved them as a child. I believe she thought he was her brother. But every Sunday since he'd gotten his driver's license and for several years after I moved on to a different job, he was there. Amazing.
Angi   Tuesday, January 11, 2011
dazedpink
That is amazing, Angi. I know just by seeing the way my Dad is with my Mom that they share that kind of love. It's heartbreakingly beautiful to watch.
Jules   Tuesday, January 11, 2011
igna83
It's real, Jules. Not that fake love crap that so many girls/women believe is love.
Angi   Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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