I worked a children's consignment sale last week. As we were starting to clean up the "baby toys" table, my friend, Heather, picked up a little giraffe and asked if I had heard about the sweet little older couple who came in to purchase a giraffe on Thursday during the pre-sale. I told her that I had not heard it, but being in line of business that I am in, I always want to hear about a sweet "OLDER" couple.
Heather explained that while she was letting in shoppers who had a ticket (because they volunteered for the sale – they shopped first), an older gentlemen approached her with his wife and he asked if he could purchase a giraffe that he saw in a picture on facebook. He explained that his wife had Alzheimer's and that giraffes brought her so much joy, so they drove to garage sales on Friday and Saturday looking for giraffes. Of course she let him in and she stayed with his wife while he found the giraffe.
When he came back out he wanted Heather to see how excited his wife was to receive the giraffe. Heather was amazed at how excited she was and how it brought a big smile to her face. What a gift she received from her sweet husband. But I could tell that the person who received the biggest gift was Heather.
Alzheimer's is a mean, messy and ugly disease but stories like this bring us hope. Being a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer's is tough, but this sweet man has found a way to make his loved one smile.
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