It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an
elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches
removed from his thumb.

He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment
at 9:00 A.M. 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, we
began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a
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 then
inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that
she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and
I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be
worried 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.

~ Author Unknown ~

Sometimes there are sweet stories, so filled with God's
truth, that we simply must share them. This is one of
those very special stories. Please share it with others.

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Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing whom to thank.

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"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best
of everything; they just make the best of everything that
comes along their way." ~~ Author Unknown ~~

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