FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
My friend Karen Carter, Executive
Director of the Coosa Valley Regional Services & Development
Corp. sent me the following story which was emailed to her by a
"It was a busy morning, about 8:30 ,
when an Elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry
as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it
would be over an hour before someone would to 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 talked to one of the
doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and
redress his wound.
While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had
another 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 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, 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 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 are in e-mails, sometimes
there is one that comes along that has an important message.
I had to share it with you all.
Oh, by the way, peace is seeing a sunset and knowing whom to
The happiest people don't necessarily
have the best of everything; they just make the best of
everything they have. I hope you share this with someone you
I JUST DID."
Author unknown, but appreciated.