Darryl is a perfect gentleman...
He lives in a nursing home (names have been changed) with his wife, Evelyn. A real Notebook story that is wonderful to share.
Darryl is an older gentleman with no physical or mental health issues. His dear wife, Evelyn, suffers from dementia and some minor physical issues. He couldn't take care of her by himself.
For her health, she had to move to a nursing home.
He couldn't stand to be away from his Evelyn, they'd shared so many years together. He volunteered to move into the nursing home with her where they share a room.
The nurses care for Evelyn, which frees Darryl to come and go as he wants, including spending holidays with his son and grandkids.
On days when he isn't there, Evelyn is walked down to the dining area by nurses aids who reassure her that Darryl will come home. They sit her in a place next to an empty chair. She sets her arm on the chair intended for her husband. Her eyes move from the chair to the doorway and back. She doesn't say anything. Her breathing is filled with anticipation.
Then Darryl walks in the door.
Her concern switches to pure joy in a nano second. She moves her arm off of his chair and watches him walk across the room and sit next to her. Her broad smile shows sparkly white teeth.
Darryl leans toward her and says something. She looks toward her lap, savoring his sweet words.
At times, Darryl comes down to the dining area alone when Evelyn is taking a nap. A few other residents sit around a table looking at pictures. Sarah, who struggles to speak, has been wildly shouting "ah". No one is able to help her stop shouting.
Darryl walks to her wheelchair, and with a kind smile says, "Hi Sarah." For the first time that afternoon, Sarah smiles. His gentleman words touch her heart with such power she can't respond.
Darryl helps other residents who can't move their wheelchairs through small passages. He talks with visiting families and other residents, moving about the room to find someone who needs a smile.
Darryl is a perfect gentleman. One sent by God to bless a nursing home.
And yes....this is a true story. Sigh
READER, please share your story of a perfect gentleman.