Last week I was visited by an angel. The term “Angel” is given to describe a very sweet, kind, or an extremely caring person. It can also be used when describing someone naturally beautiful you might say “she has an angelic face.” The angel that touched my heart is my daughter-in-law, and she fits all the above definitions, with an angelic, face, heart, and soul.
Last week my daughter-in-law Reem, or as I like to call her “Reemo,” came to visit me from Dubai for one week. Nothing to do with her husband, she decided to come alone, without my son. Just stay with me, and have a week of one-on-one time with me, simple mother daughter bonding time. Wow, right? That decision by itself warmed the cockles of my heart ha ha.
We sat for hours talking, getting to know each other while communicating on my “eye-gaze.” We watched chick flick movies, had amazing meals together, we joked and laughed, and even went out for coffee. We enjoyed each other’s company just like any mother and daughter would. The more I got to know her, the more I fall in love with her, Reemo has such a beautiful, sweet soul.
Sometimes I try and join in a conversation, or voice an opinion by spelling out a word, but it is very difficult for people to understand me. Reemo bless her, was determined to learn how to communicate with me, and find a way to understand me. For an entire week she showed such genuine care and determination to understand what I am trying to say, and how to take care of me, all the while being so attentive to my needs. From the minute she arrived she started recording on her phone a video of how I spell every letter in the alphabet, and what gestures and movements I make for certain needs. She created a tutorial video, which she would study all the time, so that by the time she left she could understand me. This is the sweetest, kindest, most compassionate thing anyone has ever done for me.
I was touched beyond words by the love and kindness I was shown by my angel. I feel as a family we are grateful, and blessed to have her in our family. The willingness to invest the time and effort in finding a way to understand me is heartwarming, and for that reason I felt I was “touched by an angel.”
(Above photo credit: Ali Saadi)