SEPTEMBER 16

SEPTEMBER 16

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

September 16

It was the third day my husband, Joe, had been in the intensive care unit following his fifth surgery for the removal of most of his remaining small intestine. The surgery took many more hours than expected. Joe was older and weaker, and he wasn’t responding.

Two nurses tried repeatedly to get him to cough, open his eyes, move a finger—anything.

Finally, one of them turned to me and said,“Maybe you, as his daughter, could help us.” I smiled and said, “I’ll be happy to give you personal information, and thank you for the compliment, but I’m his wife of forty-three years, and we’re about the same age.”

As they were expressing how I looked so young, a little cough came from my husband, and we all turned to stare at him. He didn’t open his eyes, but loud and clear he said, “She dyes her hair!”

Donna Parisi

Humor can awaken the soul.

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