Husband With Alzheimer's Shows Wife How His Heart Still Remembers

man with alzheimers buys wife flowersHusband and wife Melvyn and Doris Amrine of Little Rock, Arkansas, have been married for 60 years. They have a beautiful love filled with kids and happiness and memories. But three years ago, Melvyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and his memory isn't serving him as well. His family worries sometimes, especially if he leaves the house by himself without telling anyone.

And that's what happened the other day causing Doris to panic and call the police. Melvyn went missing. He needs help walking so this was even more concerning. This story, however, unfolds in a beautiful way.


It's true that Melvyn has forgotten many things. He cannot recall when he proposed to Doris, important memories are just gone, making it painful for him and his wife. But their love is bigger than a memory. Sometimes love lives so deep within us, we don't need to know the why or the how ... we just know. This is the kind of love that Melvyn and Doris have.

Melvyn, you should know, has bought flowers for Doris every Mother's Day since their first child was born. He hasn't missed one. It was the day before Mother's Day that Melvyn went missing. It turned out that he had gone to the store to buy Doris flowers. He wanted to surprise her so he didn't tell her, but considering the circumstances, it caused alarm. When the police went out in the area to look for him, they found him two miles from home nearly at the store to purchase those flowers for his love, his wife, the mother of his children.

Sgt. Brian Grigsby and Officer Troy Dillard found him and he told them that he wasn't going home with them, that he had to buy these flowers for Doris. So they helped him. "We had to get those flowers," Grigsby told CBS News. "We had to get them. I didn't have a choice." The officers took him to the store to buy a dozen roses, and when Melvyn came up short in paying for them, they paid for the balance as well.

There is love in this world. Love for those closest to us. Love, even, for strangers. These officers were so very kind, truly helping a man in need.

Our minds may forget things, but our hearts never will. When Doris saw her husband returning to the home with the flowers in hand, she says her heart broke, but I think it really filled up with all the love they have. "He went there to get me flowers because he loves me," she said. Then added, "It's special, because even though the mind doesn't remember everything, the heart remembers. Thank you. Thank you. Because I saw his heart."

If you aren't in tears yet, watch the video.

I want to buy flowers for everyone I love right now just because. I want to make sure those I love know I love them -- today, every day. I want to live in the moment, remember the feeling as I feel it because you never know. It may sound cliche, but it's true. Love. Love. 

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