How to Dance in the Rain

This is a story someone emailed to me some time back and I am unsure who to thank for it although I am sure whoever it was would like you to enjoy it. I think it is beautiful.


It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning.   He said no, he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied she no longer knew who he was; she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’

He smiled as he patted my hand and said,

‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, ‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain’

Please let me know if you enjoyed the story.

4 thoughts on “How to Dance in the Rain

  1. Adam Robinson

    Wow… This line really touched me – ‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain’. I’m not sure if this has been around for quite a while but this is the first time I heard of it. What an eye opener. I’ve been so busy ‘surviving’ that I might have forgotten how to ‘dance’ already. Thank you, Sue. I needed this.

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Adam. I really like this message too. It is good to remember to dance.

      Enjoy your week and dance!