Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Story of True Love and Acceptance

--by amitmjuvekar, posted Jul 30, 2009

This is what True Love is all about:

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 to able to see him. I saw him look 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 in 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.  

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Readers Comments

no mans land wrote: And i also sent her a rose for valintines day
no mans land wrote: I have a crush on a girl and i would do anything for her but there are three problems 1 shes my friends sister 2 shes sort of my friend and 3 shes older than me what do i do
Shiva Shrestha wrote: Nice story.
Dee wrote: What a beautiful story. Thanks for reminding us that there is a lot of love still left in this world.
sethi wrote: Touched and deeply moving. Thank you so much for sharing. This story has gone around the globe.
parinita wrote: So sweet and beautiful. But very few people are like these in this world :|
vipan wrote: I will try to love my girl-frien, like this gentleman
dreamer22 wrote: Wow, i hope someday i find a love so selfless and so beautiful
Sydney wrote: Hey china students - what do you mean by nmet 1 reading? Are you studying this story in class? How wonderful if you are.

china students wrote: I can't believe that this is our nmet 1 reading and understanding

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