Here is a story that shows how the bond of love is unbreakable, even when we think that age and disease have caused it to fade away.
In the final years of his life, my father suffered from Alzheimer’s and was under twenty-four-hour care in a dementia unit. Mom lived in an apartment in the same building and spent most of her days with Dad.
I was visiting them on that particular day. Dad was quiet, and it was impossible to tell if he was even listening to the conversation between Mom and me. We usually got nothing more than a one-word answer if we asked him anything.
Somehow, we got on the topic of how my parents had met. I had heard the story before, of course, but I wanted to make sure I remembered the details correctly. They met while attending a month-long training course when they were both in their early thirties.
“Was it love at first sight?” I asked.
“I don’t remember,” Mom answered, “I don’t think so.”
However, the uncertainty in her voice and her body language convinced me that sparks must have started flying quickly.
“Do you remember your first kiss?” I asked.
Mom blushed. “Of course.”
Suddenly, Dad’s face lit up, and he spoke with an affectionate smile. “Yes, and it was electrifying.”
Mom and I looked at each other with eyes as big as saucers. We burst out laughing.
Dad couldn’t recall what he had done two minutes earlier and hardly ever said a word. And yet, at this moment, his love for Mom came through loud and clear.