Romantic Short Stories
Love and Age
Nurse: “It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am,when
an elderly gentleman, in his 80’s, presented to have
sutures (stitches) removed from his thumb.
He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment
at 9:00 am. I (nurse) 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
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While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in
conversation. Asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment
this morning somewhere else, 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 then inquired as to her health. He told me that she
had been there for a while and that she was a victim of
Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and 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, that
she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him. “And you are 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
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.”
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True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love
is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and
will not be.
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