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 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.'

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carrie24
Feb. 3, 2008 at 10:04 AM

  This is the kind of love that my inlaws have. We watched them when my MIL was in the hospital how my FIL attended to her without a word between them. It was beautiful! It is the kind of love I believe Brian and I have that will last our lifetime...... And what I pray our children will find! This is the kind of love that gets you through these deployments, without it, a marriage would crumble! I hope everyone fins true love in their life!!!

Carrie

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hgrnq...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 5:47 PM Beautiful!!

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jessi...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 6:15 PM AWWWWWWW HOW CUTE ---THATS THE LOVE I WNNA BE IN ..................

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going...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 9:12 PM awwww now I have a tear in my eye! I hope my Dh and I have a love like that.

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Regin...
Feb. 4, 2008 at 12:39 AM Cute.... Smilin all day from that one....Thanks for sharing...

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