Θεολογία και Ζωή

True love

18 Νοεμβρίου 2010

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

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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, not to expect but to give.

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.

We are all getting

Older

Tomorrow may be our turn.

Do the the right thing now–Life has an expiration date!