In a town about an hour away lives a couple that is very special to me. The gentleman was my undergraduate professor and he was very special. He took time to guide and mentor students to do the best they possibly can.
I recalled when I would go see him at the end of each semester to set up my next year's classes, I didn't even have to tell him and he didn't even have to look at my report card-he would already know how I did (usually pretty good) and would encourage me to reach beyond my comfort level.
He also would have get together for the students in his modest home where his wife made a delicious tomato soup cake (like a spice cake that I still love to this day).
Back to the present, they both are in their late seventies and he is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's while his wife has physical disabilities that makes it impossible for them to live by themselves anymore.
The boys and I went to visit them on Friday and I've got to say, I'm pretty impressed with how decent my boys have been in relating to them. They hug, they listen, they make them laugh, they fetch and try to make them at ease. Since Dr. L and his wife have been in this facility for seven months, we've been able to visit a couple times a month, the boys are used to being there and just visiting with them. I've been very impressed with how sweet my boys are with them.
They don't get much visitors so I teach my boys that they would want others to visit them if they were in the same situation.