Wrinkles: Appreciating life in spite of tragedy

  • Posted: 4/27/2013 1:01 PM
    6/1/2013 5:52 PM

The glow of happy times seemed to fade for our country this past week. So many tragedies, so many families hurt, so many grieving.

There are so many wrinkles everywhere that I decided this week to go into the files for stories sent in by our readers and share some with you.

This one came from Kate Jacobson: “It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when a gentleman in his 80s arrived to have the stitches removed from his thumb.

“He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9 a.m. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat.

“I knew it would be over an hour before the doctor would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch. I decided, since the doctor was busy with another patient, I would evaluate him.

“On exam, it was well healed. So I talked to one of the doctors, got the supplies to remove his sutures and redressed his thumb.

“While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor 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 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 and 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 the 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 will be, and will not be.

In a lighter vein, Carolyn Thompson sent in this one called Layman’s 10 Commandments: “So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So look ahead and move on.

“Friendship is like a book. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

“Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, ‘Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!’”

And finally ... “When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities!”

“Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.”

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