What Rich Really Means

What rich really means ... :)

It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 a.m., when an elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that 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 would be able to 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 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. I asked him if he had another doctor's 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 then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been 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 was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew 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 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. Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

princess247 princess247
22-25, F
23 Responses Jul 11, 2010

Great story. We need to hear more things like this everyday!
Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, I really needed that today.

Thank you.

I would love to have felt the way you did when he left. Thankyou for sharing your story, it made my day :)

Loved your story Alzheimer's is a awful disease and I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy

I really like your story. That is a godly kind of love -- to love no matter if you are loved or remembered back.


Nice story Love it

Such a nice story, thanks for writing it.

When my wife died, I guess I was so wide open, she was able to jump into my body.<br />
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I know this sounds silly, weird or even insane. I had two young daughters 6 and 9 so being nuts did not serve me.<br />
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I just accepted it. A few weeks later I was eating out with my daughters. I suddenly found myself with a tomato in my mouth (I hate tomatoes and would put mine on my wife's salad when we went out and she put her onions on mine.) There I was one part of me liking this tomato and the old part still hating it!<br />
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Guess sometimes it is not until death do us part.<br />
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I dream of finding and having a love like this again.

Sir, don't dream~Know you will so it will be.

You are right. I actually envision. Also not willing to settle.

Very well said. Add me anytime if you wish.

Very touching story, thanks :)

So true. Perspective is everything. To be honest, though, I thought you were going to "reward" him for being such a sweet, patient husband... :)

Very nice story...<br />
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Love suddenly make sense...<br />
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Thanks for sharing... =)

Very well written story. I just hope we all find the special someone in our lives. Thanks for posting

You thought you were helping him, and It seems that he helped you and all of us. thanks ....

Beautiful story. It warmed my heart :)

A very touching story, Princess. <br />
I play Taps for military funerals and just saluted a WWII vet who had a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Orchid Society for inventing so many orchids. He named them after his 16 kids and grandkids before his wife finally asked him why he never named one after her. He answered, "Because I've never seen one beautiful enough."<br />
He eventually did create what he thought was the perfect orchid and did name it after his wife.<br />
Best wishes!

Thanks for sharing...puts everything back into perspective.<br />
Also, thanks for being kind to the gentleman. You were his angel that day.

You are absolutely correct. And, that was a lovely story, too. THanks for sharing it with us!

i think your summary of what love i, is very mature. (mind if i borrow it?) keep on growing.<br />
by the way, you're very beautiful.

That's what love is all about.