Lilacs & Greensleeves: True love
True love…it’s such a beautiful place to be. A safe place in your relationships that no matter what happens in your life, someone will be there to walk alongside of you in total devotion.
This can come within a marriage, a family of brothers and sisters, friends or even a stranger among strangers.
As a couple, Dad and Mom were like that with one another. When Mom was diagnosed with Post-Infarct Dementia, Dad stepped right up to the plate to see her through as he had done so many times through their lives together, no matter what. He was totally devoted to her, all the way to the day that she took her last breath. This was such a sweet blessing for me as I cared for Mom and for Dad, as well. To observe their devotion to one another over the years, is a memory that will stay with me every day for the rest of my life.
So dedicated they were to each other, as is the dear man in this story…
“It was a busy morning, about 8:30 am, 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 could 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 with on of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his thumb, I asked him if he had another doctors 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 in 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 were a little late. He replied that she no longer knows who he was, that she had not recognized him for 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, patted my hand and said, “She doesn’t know who I am, but I know who she is.”
“I had to hold back the tears as he left..I had goose bumps on my arms and thought, that’s the kind of love I want in my life~” ~Author Unknown
And then there are our caregivers, men and women who spend many hours walking in the personal world of their clients, helping them to feel safe and loved, with a devotion to see them through their time of need. Dedicated, hard working, patient caregivers they are, each and every one of them.
So when this video was brought to my attention this morning, I sat there watching, listening and feeling the warm tears stream down my face, my vision blurred at times, only to clear with the soft wipe of a tissue.
The story goes where this dear man who worked within the residence of an elderly woman, a man who wasn’t related but whose heart was touched by this woman…this precious soul, and how he responded with a very kind heart to her. How? By walking in her world and as he did, he helped to make her days very joyful ones.
Please allow me to share this beautiful video with you.
Songwriters: Brett Ryan Eldridge / Truman Bradley Crisler. Thank you, gentlemen. your song is both precious and priceless!
Brett Eldridge website here>