Oh my goodness.....what a fun afternoon I had...Yesterday! Who knew that I would experience so much joy while taking my dad to the doctor.
It was just a routine appointment...but it was one that allowed me to see a joyful child in a 83 year old man.
Upon our arrival at the doctors office....the receptionist ask for my dad's insurance cards.....to my amazement, he calmly told me that he threw them away! My first thought was..."You threw them AWAY?"...."What?"
All I could do was look into those beautiful eyes and smile....He wanted to know if he didn't have them, was the doctor going to put him in jail. All the while that my face showed laughter....my heart was heavy and longed for the "detailed" man that once existed.... before he became a victim of Alzheimer's!
There was so much warmth and gentleness in his tone.....and I sensed that he felt as if he had done something wrong. I assured him that all was good. So, he continued our conversation with a story that I have heard a gazillion times!!
Today was different....I didn't mind hearing that old story AGAIN!
I listened as if it were the very first time that he had ever shared the words with me.
On our way home....he insisted that I had taken him to places that he had never been before...Oh yes...he has spent a life time riding up and down that old 31, but to him...on this particular day... it was unknown...it was something new!
Another moment that cracked me up, was his participation in making the red lights.....turn green! What can I say...it worked many times! As we approached a red light...he would gently blow a puff of wind...and the light would turn GREEN! I'm not sure who laughed more...Him or Me.
The entire afternoon was filled with precious words and gestures. Things that I will never forget....a time that I will always hold dear to my heart.
I would say to my dad.....
Not everyone will understand this journey that you are on....But that is OK...I love you and I understand! I will walk beside you...... I will hold your hand.
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