My sister and I stayed many sleepless nights at a local hospital
as our mother was in critical condition.
ICU and all that goes with it.
There was a man
close to our age
who sat alone for as many days as we had.
The worry was on his face..
conversations he had with the doctors....
He was much more polite to us.
I'm so ashamed to admit it..
We were not very kind to him.
every time he went for a bottle of water
He offered to bring us something back..
We just said no..
Not no thank you..
Not thanks for asking..
Being a huge inner city hospital
they don't allow anyone in at night after 9 pm
unless you have an ID..
Late one Saturday night
the lobby was just a horrible place.
We had walked out to our car
but had left our purses 12 floors up.
The guards said NO..
No ID No entry..
Before we could even get real mad
this voice came out of no where
and my life was forever changed.
these ladies have been sitting across from me for the last 6 days
as their mom is in ICU..
Here is my ID..
I can vouch for them
They going through a lot...
I'm going through a lot with my wife"..
His voice choked up as he spoke....
let them pass.."
His arms went over our shoulders as he spoke..
warmth of kindness and compassion brought tears to our eyes..
The guard agreed ..
The man walked with us to the elevator
holding our hands.
We found in him a complete 100% genuine person..
Over the next few days
we cried together..
We were all he had when his wife passed a week later.
They hadn't lived in our state long..
They had no family
and he hadn't even met his co-workers yet
as she ended up in the hospital as soon as they arrived.
Our mother came through
and is fine..
This sweet man’s heart was so broken.
We were two of only a few people at her funeral.
We have all remained friends since that sad time.
He is our best friend.
Sadness brought us together
but our bond of friendship holds us tight.
I was as impolite as could be
and now I hate myself for it.
We're all just people.
This man never judged us.
We were just rude...
My only regret is
I wish we'd known him soon..
He is our "pal"
We love him to death and vice versa....