In the ward post-operation, I was still groggy and dozed off.

I awoke to my first family visitors, all concerned, looking woeful. I thanked them and said I was fine, although I probably looked like death itself. Well, that’s how I felt.

When they left I dozed off again, being brought back to life by the surgical team, poking, lifting and looking, the senior honcho explaining to his eager sycophants the this and that.

Then came Edie, my Down Syndrome niece whose beaming sunshine smile said, ‘I love you Nunkie. Please get better soon.’

Guess what? I immediately did.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

I love how you describe Edie’s smile, Allan. A beaming sunshine smile describes it perfectly. A happy ending story that goes right to the heart. I can tell how much this one means to you.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

Such a lovely heartwarming end to your story, Allan, and as Linda says, a perfect description of that smile. Your story made me smile too. I encourage my grandsons to call my son Nunkie James, and he positively hates it. 😂 So much fun to tease him with it though!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Allan Neil
1 month ago

😂 definitely genuine! My dad is Grumpy and mum is Grandie to my grandsons (their great grandparents if that makes sense!). Less of a mouthful than Great Grandad and Great Grandma!

Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
1 month ago

Beautiful description of the healing power of love. Well done, Allan!

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

Such a lovely story, Allan. Well done.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

Such a nice story of love being inspired and motivated to move forward. I love Edie’s smile in your description, Allan. How are you now? 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Allan Neil
29 days ago

You’re always welcome, Allan. Got it.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Allan, I love your humorous words “eager sycophants.” So glad that Edie’s “sunshine smile” emitted warmth and healing. You have inspired me to carefully choose a picture than spring board into writing. I always write first then hum and haw over a complimentary image, before realising that the internet picture is too small or has watermarks. So the painful process begins all over again, often ending in a photo taken on my cell phone.

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