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Thread: Celebrate St. Patrick the best way, free! :mrgreen:

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    Super Member madamekelly's Avatar
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    The Rain

    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 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.

    With all the jokes
    and fun, sometimes there is someone one
    that comes, 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.

    I hope you share this with someone you
    care about. I just did.

    'Life isn't about
    how to survive the storm,
    But how to dance in the rain'
    Remember - We are getting older, but only one day at a time!

    How will you let someone know you care today? <3

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    Super Member shawnemily's Avatar
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    That is beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    that is beautiful. thanks for sharing and i hope you don't mind if it gets passed along! really touched me!

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    I love this. Thanks for sharing.

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    Imagine if more people acted this way! How beautiful!

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    That is a tear jerker for sure. I am glad you shared it with us.

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