December 30, 2008

December 30, 2008
I Still Know Who He Is

Thanks for stopping by to check out another day in my life. I hope you had a safe and great weekend.

Now the weekend is over, most of us are into the second day of the work week with only one more left before another holiday. The only downside to having a holiday is all the work you have to come back to the next day.

But I always try to view the cup half full rather than half empty. Which leads to the subject of today's blog: making the most of what you have.

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have a talk about public assistance. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his information and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before I would be able to get answers from a couple of the agencies. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I did not want to him to miss his appointment to give me a number to reach him and I would call as soon as I got some answers.

While taking care of him, I asked him if he had a 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 partner.

I inquired as to the health of his partner. He told me that his partner had been there for awhile and that he was a victim of AIDS and advanced dementia and other AIDS related issues.

As we talked, I asked if his partner would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that his partner no longer knew who he was, that he had not recognized him in three years now.

I asked him, "You still go every morning, even though he does not know who you are?"

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "He doesn't know me... but I still know who he 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.

With all the jokes and fun that is in my blogs, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message.

This one I thought I could share with you.

The happiest people do not necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab