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Dance in the Rain
Dance in the Rain
Reversal of Intent

It was a busy morning, about 8:30 a.m., when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry because he had an appointment at 9:00 a.m.

I 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 examining it, I determined that 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 because he did this everyday. 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 knows who he is, and that she has not recognized him for five years. 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.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the best of everything they have.

Life isn't about how to survive from storms, but how to dance in the rain.



我看到他那真诚的表情,又知道他至少要等一个小时才能轮到,我就请他先坐下。我注意到他不断地在看錶,显得有点着急。那时,我手上正好没有其他的病人,于是我就为他先检查了一下他的伤口。看到他 的伤口已经完全痊愈,处理比较简单,我就请另外一个医生预备必要的医药器材,就为他清理伤口和拆线。











1. How old was the gentleman about?

2. When did he arrive the hospital?

3. Why did he go to the hospital?

4. How long did he need to wait until someone to see him?

5. How was his wound?

6. Why was he in a hurry? What was his another appointment?

7. Where was his wife?

8. Why did his wife need to be in a nursing home?

9. How long did his wife not recognize him?

10. Why did this gentleman still want to have breakfast with wife everyday?

11. What is true love?

12. Do you have this true love?