Finding unsung heroes in our daily lives

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

So often we laud people we consider “heroes” but our real heroes are the ones who go unnoticed.

Recently, I went into CVS and it was a busy day in there. I noticed a man and an elderly lady on line holding hands. It took me only a second to know she had advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

My mother had it and it is the worst disease. I started talking to her right away, saying how pretty her sweater was. She answered with words in her own world and a big smile. I whispered to the man that my mom had Alzheimer’s, he smiled at me with tears in his eyes.

She was trying to do up her coat and other motions I remembered from my mom and I nearly lost it. I spoke to her non-stop and did up her coat. She grabbed my hand and her son whispered “thank you.” She kept talking to me with words only she could understand and I spoke to her about her beautiful blue eyes and how pretty her hair was. This angel had my heart and the man was a close second, with his kindness.

What touched me most was the patience and love this man showed his mother. I know what it’s like caring for someone with this disease 24/7. When it was time to leave she hugged me and kissed me and her son was so grateful. But I was the lucky one.

My one regret, which I will try to fix, is that I didn’t find out who they were and offer my help. These are true heroes. I cannot stop thinking about that angel and her smile. I can tell by her eyes she is going blind if not almost there. One has no concept what this disease is like. They die twice.

I will not rest until I find this man and offer help. His eyes and how thankful he was for so little are feelings I understand. I feel it was my privilege to meet this angel and good man.

 

Grayce Tripodi
Greenwich

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