From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 13

It had been a long, tiring day caring for my husband, and when he spit the pill out, I was upset and said in an unkind voice, “Why did you do that?”

“But that’s what you told me to do, isn’t it?” he said softly.

I began to cry. The doctor had told me that he might begin processing language in reverse. How could I have been so cross with him, when he had done what he understood me to say?

When he saw me crying, he reached out to me. “Don’t cry. Come here.” Moving over by his wheelchair, I put my head on his knee, and he patted my shoulder.

Although he didn’t understand my asking him to swallow the pill, he did understand my distress and pain, and his love caused him to reach out to comfort me.

These gestures spoke to me as eloquently as if he had spoken out loud, proving where there is love, there will never be an insurmountable language barrier.

Dorothy Snyder

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