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Life isn't about how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the rain.'

posted 12 Aug 2013, 03:54 by Claire Woods   [ updated 12 Aug 2013, 03:54 ]
An elderly gentleman arrived early at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. Knowing it would be  an hour before someone would to able to see him, a nurse decided to remove his sutures and redress his wound. It appeared well healed, so while attending his wound, he was asked if he had another doctor's appointment as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman said no, he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. He said she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.
As they talked, the nurse 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 recognised him in five years. Surprised, she asked
'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?' He smiled and patted her hand and said,
‘She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.' True love is neither physical, nor romantic True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, and will be. The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything. '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.

Enjoy life now-it has an expiration date
(Elders' Echo Sept/Oct 2010)
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