How to Dance in the Rain

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How to Dance in the Rain

 

  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 a sked 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?’ ‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’ 

 but how to dance in the rain.’ 

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, 

 

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.  This one I thought I could share with you.
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 care about.  I just did.

  

 

‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm,  

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Newborn Giraffe

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Newborn giraffe

Most babies measuring 5ft would be considered big, but newborn giraffe, Margaret, at Chester Zoo,
UK is seen as unusually small for her species.

She is one of the smallest giraffes ever born at Chester Zoo but pint-sized Margaret will soon be an animal to look
up to. Little Margaret, who is the first female Rothschild giraffe born at
the zoo, is being hand-reared by her dedicated keepers. The first
calf for six-year-old mum Fay, Margaret, who was born two weeks early,
tipped the scales at just 34 kilos and is a mere 5ft tall.

Tim Rowland’s, team leader of the Giraffes section, said: ‘Margaret is potentially one of the smallest
giraffe calves we have ever seen. Fay isn’t the largest of giraffes and Margaret was also early which might go
some way to explaining her size. ‘Margaret was having difficulty suckling
so our keeping team are now hand-rearing her’.

[Valerie Crosby] She is so cute and has such big brown eyes.

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Dear Cats & Dogs

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort, however. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years – and canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat’s butt. I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:

TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:

(1) They live here.You don’t.
(2) If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why they call it ‘fur’-niture.
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don’t speak clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they;

(1) eat less,
(2) don’t ask for money all the time,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don’t hang out with drug-using people,
(7) don’t smoke or drink,
(8) don’t want to wear your clothes,
(9) don’t have to buy the latest fashions,
(10) don’t need a gazillion dollars for college and
(11) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children.