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Daisy and I visited an assisted living facility by ourselves. These are special days because you can spend one on one, quality, quiet time with each person. We visited with a special lady, who had lost her vision. She remembered Daisy, and after feeling Daisy’s tutu, laughed and asked what she was wearing.
Daisy was being a little squirmy for some reason. We talked and she said she wished she could see Daisy better, but she was so glad to be petting her. Daisy started settling down. She said she guessed her loss of vision was her “suffering” the Lord had put on her, and we all had a cross to bear. I told her that I believe we all go through suffering, but that He is always with us.
About this time, Daisy laid on her back, looking up at the woman listening intently while the woman petted her. She told me she had accepted her “cross to bear” and did not let it get her down. Then, like it was written in a script, she felt Daisy’s “nub.” She looked towards me and said, “She is missing a leg!” I said, “Yes she is!”
With tears in her eyes she said, “And it doesn’t stop her from doing anything, does it?” I said, “No ma’am, it doesn’t!” She hugged Daisy and said “You are disabled like me!” We both had tears. It was such a comfort for this lady to bond with someone (a little diva dog) who had a disability. Daisy had no idea what she did that day!
Submitted by Kristy Blackwell