Friday, May 18, 2012

All good.

(photo and exchange shared with patient's permission)

Heard that one of my F.P. all-stars was in the clinic the other day. Stopped by to see him before he left.

Me:  "Sir! Heeeeyyy!!! What you know good?"

Him:  "Hey sugar! I'm soooo happy to see you!"

Me:  "Sir! You know how happy I always am to see you, too."

Him: *smiling*

Me:  *smiling right back*

Him:  "You looking good. Like you happy in your life."

Me:  "I am, sir. I am."

Him:  *face gets serious* "You know? That's all you can ask for, right? Jest to be happy."

Me:  *silence*

Him:  *starting to cry*  "I'm very happy in my life, Miss Manning. Very happy."

Me:  *tearing up*  "Why does that make you cry, sir?"

Him:  "Because it ain't promised to you. 'Specially when you get to my age."

Me:  *silence*

Him:  "So it make me cry some to think about my life. It ain't been easy. But it's been good."

Me:  "It still is good."

Him:  *now full on crying*  "Yes, ma'am. It's all good." *points to the sky* "Cawse it's all God."

Me: *silence*

Him:  *wipes cheeks and sighs* "Love you, doc."

Me:   "You know what, sir? I love you, too. I really do."

Him:  *crying again*

Hug him tight before leaving the room. Gently step outside of the door.

*deep breath*

"You know what, sir? I love you, too. I really do."

I said that because it's true. I really do love him, too. And I really am happy. And no, it's not promised that you will be at any age.

 *Now crying, too.*

This? This is Grady. And it's all good.

Happy Friday.

Now playing on my mental iPod. . . . Mary Mary sings "Be Happy".

P.S. Every time I look at his sweet picture I want to cry. I really do. 


  1. Replies
    1. I wish you could meet that man, Sister Moon. You would love him so.

  2. I love you too Dr. Manning.And your all star FP. Except you keep making me cry into my coffee. But they're those happy tears, so thank you for making me feel good this morning.

    1. This post doesn't even begin to show how sweet this man is. He is seriously the Grady Elder personified. Thanks for your kind words -- love you, too.

  3. Seriously....this has to be the 3rd or 4th post in a row to make me cry!! Your way with words is like hot cocoa. (smooth and warm) Love it. Thanks:-)

    1. Crying welcomed, Ms. Heather. So is hot cocoa. :)

  4. "These MAGIC Moments".
    Have a great weekend!
    Your Friend, m.

  5. I know I sent you the link to "It's All God" by The Soulseekers ... If not, google it!

  6. The exchanges you have with the your elder patients is heartwarming.

  7. From th deck of the Poop,
    Good morning sweetie, I didn't go into one of my nose blowing affairs but just a tearing up. i am sniffling as a I continue to to be so proud of you and the wonderful person and daughter you are,
    Love and kisses,

    The Poopdeck


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