Happy Valentine's: A Love Story

John and Mary have been married for fifty-three years. Mary has Alzheimer’s Disease and lives in an Alzheimer’s Care Facility. John visits her every day. Every day, Mary does not know who he is. Today is Valentine’s Day. He thinks about how much he loves his wife, about all she has meant to him, about all they’ve shared together over fifty-three years. When he visits her today, he brings her a rose and a box of her favorite chocolates. As he offers his gifts to her, he says, “Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetie.” She accepts the lovely rose and her favorite chocolates with polite pleasure. He then says, “I love you, Mary.” And he tries to give her the gentlest kiss. She swats at him and screams.

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