Remembering 60 years back is hard for anyone. But for Melvyn Amrine, the groom in these pictures, it's especially challenging.
I invited you to marry me, or did you ask me?
No, no, you asked me to marry you! Was that right?
Melvyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago.
Some of that...it's kind of lost.
For his wife, Doris, it's been hard to watch. But she says something happened recently to remind her that the man she fell in love with is still in there.
It's special, because even though the mind doesn't remember everything, the heart remembers.
It happened the day before Mother's Day, when Melvyn, who normally needs help just walking around the block, turned up missing. Police dispatch here in Little Rock, Arkansas, put out the call.
He left the house walking approximately 40 minutes ago.
They eventually found him two miles from his house. Police say they get these calls every once in a while, of an Alzheimer's patient out wandering aimlessly. But this one was different. When the officers approached Melvyn, they say it was clear: He was a man on a mission.
It was absolutely a moment of clarity for him.
Sgt. Brian Grigsby and Officer Troy Dillard say even though Melvyn didn't know his address or where he'd come from, he absolutely knew where he was going.
Brian Grigsby警官與Troy Dillard員警表示，即便Melvyn不知道他的地址或是他從哪來的，他完完全全知道他要去哪裡。
He was pretty adamant.
He wasn't going home until he got those flowers.
That's what he wanted. He wanted flowers for his wife, because tomorrow was Mother's Day.
Melvyn had bought flowers for his wife every Mother's Day since the birth of their first child, and he wasn't going to disappoint her now.
We had to get those flowers. We had to get them. I didn't have a choice.
So, after telling dispatch they were taking the man right home, the officers secretly stopped by the grocery store. Surveillance video shows them helping Melvyn pick out the flowers. And when Melvyn came up short at the register, look who slipped the cashier the difference.
Meanwhile, back at home, a very worried wife was about to get the gift of a lifetime.
As he came up those steps, and I saw those roses and the smile on his face, I just broke inside, I just said, "Thank you, thank you," because I saw his heart.
Amazing what's possible when love becomes an instinct.
- 「有時、偶爾」- Once In A While
Police say they get these calls every once in a while, of an Alzheimer's patient out wandering aimlessly.