Mom and I went out to eat yesterday at our fave buffet and 2 men came in and placed their stuff on the table behind us. One of the men was in a wheelchair and was mentally handicapped. He had the sweetest smile! His body reminded me of someone that's had a stroke, his arm and hand was curled up. Mom and I asked them if they'd like us to move to another table so they could be better situated with the wheelchair. They really appreciated that. The handicapped man said "thank you" and grinned a big ol' grin! He was so appreciative over such a small thing!
After mom and I moved to another table, I sat there and had to fight very hard to not burst into tears!!! I wanted to cry and cry and cry! I thought I was going to have to go to the bathroom and do so, but I managed to hold back.
After we left, I got into the car and tears came, but not as much as I felt like letting out! I don't know...it just struck me as so sad and yet I realize that at least he had someone to love and care for him whereas so many are stuck in institutions and nursing homes....he was like a little child in a man's body...it still gets me as I type this!
In a way, I guess i relate in the sense that because of my anxiety issues, I've never really been able to do all the things I'd dreamed of years ago. Sigh...forgive the pity party, but it's how I feel!
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.