A nurse told the following story:
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 a.m.
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 that since I wasn't busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
Upon examination, it was well healed so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redressed his wound. During that process, we began to engage in conversation.
I asked him if he was in such a hurry because he had a doctor's appointment somewhere else this morning. The gentleman said no, actually he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.
I then inquired as to his wife's health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she suffered from Alzheimer's disease. As we continued to talk while I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was - she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised and asked him, "And you're still going 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 my 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, all that has been, and all that will be. No matter what the situation is, true love remains constant.