A Love Story
One of my dear older friends asked me to drive her to a medical appointment, which I was pleased to be able to do. It was one of those offices whose clientele was probably twenty or so years older than I; however, the room was filled with other “young” people who had also acted as drivers that day.
As we sat, it wasn’t long before an elderly lady walked back out into the waiting room and slowly made her way to the chair where sat her husband. The frail little wife reached out, grasped the hand of her husband, and very slowly helped him to stand, and for a very long moment the couple simply held each other and swayed, working to gain their balance.
It was one of those moments, almost time-frozen and breathtaking…so much so that none of us who were captivated by the moment could move to offer them the help they so obviously needed. And then, very, very slowly the couple turned and began their journey from the office, clinging to each other all the while.
When I could force myself to look away, my gaze landed on the faces of the others in the office who, like me, had obviously been so touched by the moment. Every word, every thought was written there as surely as the words I type, and there was simply no way for any of us to stop the sting of the tears that came, unbidden and frantically blinked away, before they could fall and embarrass us all.
And then I simply could not help it; I turned once more to the couple who had almost reached the door, and I saw something that I had missed the first time, something very important. Yes, with this last look, I actually noticed the serene faces of both man and wife as they clung to each other, and suddenly I was reminded that all of life truly is a journey and that this beautiful pair was perfectly happy with the leg of the journey they walked today.
As I said, it was one of those moments, a moment I will not quickly forget…a moment the couple will never know they created. No, they will never know that my fingers began to pound out their story long before they exited the room; they will never know the deep impression they left on all of us, but I know, and now so do you.