It was approximately 8:30am when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s, arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00am.
While the doctor got the needed supplies to remove his stitches, they began to engage in conversation. The doctor asked the man if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, why he was in such a hurry.
The man told the doctor that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. His wife had been there for awhile and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As they talked, and the doctor finished dressing his wound, he asked the man if his wife would be worried as he was a bit late. The man replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.
The doctor was surprised, and asked, “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”
The man smiled as he patted the doctor’s 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, will be, and will not be.