Last Tuesday, a neighbor heard shouts and cries coming from an elderly couple’s apartment in the building. They gave the police a call and the cops came expecting to find a crime scene. But when they knocked on the door and were let in, they realize there wasn’t any crime happening at all. And the truth absolutely broke their hearts.
The four Rome police officers found 84-year-old Jole and her 94-year-old husband Michele alone in their small city apartment. They were sitting and there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.
The couple was simply watching the news on television. Jole asked her husband why there was so much hate in the world and then she burst into uncontrollable tears – and the neighbor called the police…
The loving couple have spent the last 70 or so years together. And now that they are nearing the end of their lives, they feel desperately lonely.
Although the police came with their guns at the ready to bust up a crime, the old couple were excited to see them. They admitted that it had been years since anyone had come to visit them.
What was initially a suspected crime turned into a welfare check. The police noticed that the kitchen didn’t have much food. The police called an ambulance to check on the elderly couple. While they waited, one of the officers started to cook some pasta for Jole and Michele.
Meanwhile, the three other police officers sat down with the couple and engaged them in conversation.
The incident touched the officers’ hearts and they were glad they could offer some peace in a time of deep suffering in the world. The Roman police shared their encounter as a story on their Facebook page. Her is the translation via Facebook from Italian:
It’s a sultry summer Roman one. Jole is home. Like every night. Very, very long time.
On the news flow absent-mindedly the news. Attacks, abused children in a kindergarten… Jole wonders why such wickedness…
But the tv makes them company…
Still a lonely night to spend with Michele.
Yes, because Michele, 94 years, is your man for almost seventy.
You, that of springs is 89, would have to remember to tell!
Who then? It’s so much that no one comes by to say hello…
It is not always easy life.
Especially when the city is empty and the neighbors are away on vacation.
Sometimes the loneliness melts into tears.
Sometimes it’s like a summer storm. It comes suddenly and overtakes one.
Jole and Michele they love each other. But when the loneliness is a burden on the heart, it may happen that they lose hope.
Can happen, like this time, that scream so loud in their despair that, in the end, somebody call the state police.
There isn’t a crime. Jole and Michele are not victims of scams as often happens to the elderly and no burglar came in the house. There’s no one to save.
This time, for the boys of flying there is a more difficult task to perform.
There are two lonely souls to reassure.
Once inside the apartment, everything tells of that long life together.
But it’s also about the desolation for which the officers are there.
They put a sprig of grapes, from which three hang shriveled grapes, on the kitchen table, it’s about a fasting that has already lasted for too long.
Cops are pervaded by the tenderness.
Understand that this time is different.
There are no forms to fill in. This evening the codes don’t need it.
Need to be men.
And while waiting for the ambulance to verify that the spouses are okay, they understand that just a little bit of warmth will bring peace to Jole and Michele.
Ask for permission to access the pantry.
Improvise a little dinner. A Bowl of pasta with butter and cheese. Nothing special. But with a precious ingredient: is there, inside, all their humanity.
Andrea at the stove and Alessandro, Ernesto and mirko to entertain the two new friends.
This evening dinner in the family!
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