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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dancin' in the Rain

Not too much happening here worthy of a post, but here is an interesting story for you.

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 signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour
before someone would be 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,
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

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

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. With all the jokes and fun that are
in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important

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.

I hope you share this with someone you care about.
'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, But how to Dance in the Rain'.


Goldenrod said...

Was this an actual event that you participated in? I LOVE this story. It reminds me very much of a really good film that I saw on TV recently, with James Garner and Gena Rowland. Perhaps you saw it, as well? A beautiful story, just beautiful! (Date of release on the film was 2004, and it's titled, "The Notebook".

whalechaser said...

No, I got it as an email today from an old workmate.
It is a good story though! The Notebook?.....Hummnnn was it written by Nicholas Spears? I think he wrote one with that title.

Goldenrod said...

Nicholas Sparks ... had to look it up in Wikipedia.