Nurse: It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80's, presented to have sutures (stitches) removed from his thumb.
He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. The 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 examination she found that the wound have 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, we began to engage in conversation. She asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning somewhere else, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told her, NO.. he i',m in a hurry to leave because I need to go to the nursing home so as to eat breakfast with his wife.
She then inquired as to his wife's health. He told the nurse, his wife had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease.
As they talked, and she finished dressing his wound.. She asked if she would be worried 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 are still going 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.
Moral of the story - Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you always know they're there.