What The Heart Knows

One of my daughters sent this to me the other day. I thought I’d share it with you.

imagesIt was a busy morning, about 8:30 when an elderly gentleman arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00am. The nurse 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, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I spoke with one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress the wound. While taking care of him, I asked if he had another appointment that morning, as he was in a hurry. The gentlemen 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 suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. As we talked, I asked him if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who she 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.’

17 thoughts on “What The Heart Knows

  1. uju

    Reminds me of The Notebook. The old man was told to come home because his wife couldn’t recognise him anymore. He said, “that woman in there is my life.” Made me cry, that kind of love.
    Do people still love like that?

    Beautiful story, George. Regards to your daughter.

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  2. Dale

    I have read this story before and each time, it brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. Not of sadness, of love. I find it one of the most beautiful things ever.

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  4. sireeusa

    What a beautiful real story, Touches my heart every time I hear the lines and watched the movie so many times.. I feel people who love and loved by such people are luckiest in the world.
    Siree

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  5. reocochran

    Aww, such a sweet thought and good man.
    My grandpa did the same thing for my grandma, he said she would smile like she were “just meeting him.” Her big smile still made him love her and it “melted his insides.”
    (How do I remember this? Since he repeated it at least 6 or more times when I was 13-15 years old. Old enough to remember how special it sounded, even then.)
    My Dad was a romantic guy and said he felt it would be nice to take care of my Mom. She ended up doing this for him. Luckily, he didn’t lose his memory but unluckily, he had cancer and a mere 4 months to live. I was blessed in a family no one, man nor woman, was afraid to say their feelings out loud. 🙂

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