A Chance Encounter And a Priceless Lesson
--by afriendlysmile, posted Apr 5, 2007
After a few comments about how nice the weather was and how there were alot of ducks in the pond today , he told me how he used to come with his wife and watch the children feed the ducks with their mums. They didn't have any children of their own.
He explained he had been married for 54 years when his wife died and how much he missed sharing all the little things with her. Like a beautiful sunset . He now lives in a care home. I remarked at how wonderful it must've been to have been married for so long and to have so many happy memories. He took out a large hankerchief and wiped his eyes and said he had one regret that in all that time he never told her how much he really loved her.
He showed me a photograph of them when they were young. The photo was taken more than 50 years ago. He couldn't believe how the time had passed by.
I tried to comfort him by explaining that his wife would be still watching over him and he could talk to her any time he wants and that she knows how much he loved her because she can see into his heart.
The old man tried to apologize for blurting out his life story but I hushed him and said how priveldged I felt he could talk to me and how much it meant to me.
The lessons I learned from this chance encounter is that we must tell the ones close to us how much we love and care for them and not take them for granted.
Don't put off your kind acts until tomorrow, do them today because time files.
God bless you
Thanks for writting this because now know that next time i see my granpa i'll hug him and say i love you.
Tell the sir that i say thanks if oyu get to see him.
This is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes, im actually crying, thanks.