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1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 11:15 AM


How to Dance in the Rain
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s 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.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 11:21 AM

Wow! That was Warm & Fuzzy. Gives you a lot to think about .. Thanks


Gypsylady  (Level: 148.3 - Posts: 6097)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 11:29 AM

Thank you, Marsha, for such a touching and beautiful story! I couldn't have thought of a better answer.


Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 11:30 AM

Very nice.
Thanks Marsha.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2708)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 11:51 AM

Marsha- Your post just made coming to Chat worthwhile. Thanks.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 11:54 AM


Odile and I will have that.

I hope all of you will also.

Swiper  (Level: 153.4 - Posts: 875)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 12:01 PM

Thank You Miss Marsha

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 12:22 PM

Thank you, Marsha, That was such a touching story.

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 12:54 PM

I was touched by YOU. That you took the time to notice this man, and went to the trouble to get him out on time. That was loving and good.

To find out his appointment was all about love, is the extra icing on the cake.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 1:29 PM

Godwit, thank you for the kudos........that did not happen to me........I should have changed the "I" to "she"....because I was merely relating this. It is still a lovely story regardless who it happened to.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 2:05 PM

Too sweet!
Marsha, I LOVE your new avatar!

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 2:57 PM

Thanks for posting this Marsha. That was truly one of the most beautiful stories I have ever heard.

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