The Sweetest Introduction
He never said anything to anyone not because he didn’t want to, but because he couldn’t. His voice box was taken out, so he couldn’t speak. He would shuffle wordlessly around the building, the eyes and ears of our nursing facility, but never saying a word.
One day there was some buzz around our building; after a surgery he had undergone, he was talking. Staff was gathered around him, asking him questions so they could hear his new voice. With a bit of effort, he forced out some raspy words with a big proud smile.
When I joined them, he turned to me.
“Hi, Andrea, I’m Jim.” he said to me in a scratchy, gurgly voice, for the first time in the few years that I had known him.
It was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me.