This morning I went for a walk in the park. As I started I realized I left my water in the car, so I turned around to go back to get it. When I got to the fence there was an elderly woman coming through with a walker, so I stepped to the side. Suddenly the lady reached for my hand and looked me in the eyes and said, “Hi I am Barbara.” I knew she had alzheimer’s from her behavior. She had the sweetest spirit. I said “Hi Ms. Barbara, my name is Jennifer, so nice to meet you.” She then kissed my hand and gave me the biggest smile.
I cannot even explain how much that meant to me. I held back my tears, but my heart was so full. Ms. Barbara said, “that’s my son and that’s my daughter.” She actually said their names. Funny, but I forgot them. I pat the son on the shoulder and said, “thank you.” He said, “gotta take care of mom.” I said, “Indeed.” Later on the track I saw the daughter and said, “your mom is so sweet.” She smiled, and said, “thank you.” I said, “what a blessing.” It was like she thought about it for a second and said as if she just realized the truth and said, “yes, yes it is a blessing.”
That was my reason for being at the park. Yes I walked, (needed that), but I met Barbara her children and heard her daughter realize, “it is a blessing.”
I am so very thankful!