He left the office with his two framed photos and an envelope of pictures...the only tangible memories of a year-long relationship with the woman he hoped to marry one day.
Back-story: I read an email one time:
"Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'"
Today, I was told that one of our New Horizons residents had lost his long-time girlfriend. She had become ill last week and succumbed to her illness within a day. This man, in his time of grief, was offering encouragement to others this past weekend. "Make sure you say the things you want to say to those you love," he said to another resident, "because, you never know when it will be your last day to talk to them."
This afternoon, he came to the office asking me if I could help him get some pictures off his phone and print them. So, that is what we did! For about 40 minutes, he emailed me the photos he wanted and I printed a few of each picture. I even framed a couple for him to put in his home. I was so blessed and honored to be able to "help him cry." He left the office with his two framed photos and an envelope of pictures...a few tangible memories of a year-long relationship with the woman he hoped to marry one day.