An essay of unknown authorship
"How to dance in the rain:
a message of enduring love"
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's,
arrived at the clinic where I work as a RN. He 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 asked about 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 for 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.
With all the jokes and fun that is in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes
along that 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 just
make the best of everything they have.
We all want to receive this kind of love, but somehow, I think, the better part
is to be in a position to give this kind of love.
I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.
Originally posted: 2008-APR-06
Latest update: 2008-APR-06
Author: unknown, but I would certainly like to meet her/him.