The Story and Glory of Love

by Jennifer Pollard

Magic can happen in the least likely of places. It happened recently at a client’s bedside during a visit from her family physician, who was making a house call.
In the middle of the visit, the doctor asked her if she knew why she hadn’t developed any bedsores. It wasn’t the usual questioning I’ve heard from a doctor. They usually want to know why things have appeared, as opposed to why they haven’t.

She said she didn’t know why she didn’t have them, in spite of being stuck in the bed.
He said, “The answer is simple. Love. Love is why your skin is intact. It’s the love and care of your care providers that keeps you well and your skin healthy. That’s the power of love.”
And maybe it is just as simple as that. Life can be difficult and full of challenges. Even disappointments and tragedies can occur in the happiest of lives, but we keep on going. Love is what keeps us going.

I couldn’t help but recall a song made popular in the 1930s entitled, “The Glory of Love.” Its lyrics sum up the doctor’s advice: “Because that’s the story of, that’s the glory of love!”

“The Glory of Love” was written by Billy Hill and recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936, whose version was a No. 1 pop hit.

You’ve got to give a little, take a little
And let your poor heart break a little
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love
You’ve got to laugh a little, cry a little
Until the clouds roll by a little
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love

As long as there’s the two of us
We’ve got the world and all it’s charms
And when the world is through with us
We’ve got each other’s arms
You’ve got to win a little, lose a little
Yes, and always have the blues a little
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love

That’s the story of, that’s the glory of
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of
That’s the story of
That’s the glory of love

Pollard, MSW, is an aging life care manager with AOS Care Management. Her career has taught her the powerful role music has in preserving and unlocking memories. She can be reached at jenniferp@aoscaremanagement.com.