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Thread: True Love is an Acceptance
08-28-2011, 12:09 PM #1
True Love is an Acceptance
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.
a nurse 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. she saw him looking at his watch and decided, since she was not busy with another patient, she would evaluate his wound.
On examining,she saw that it was well healed, so she talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his stitches and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, she asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told her no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. she inquired as to her health.
He told her that she had been therefor a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, she 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. she 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 her 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.