After hearing reports of an altercation taking place in a home in Rome, police were quickly called. What they expected to see was evidence of a crime – there was no crime but what they did find was still utterly heartbreaking.
Four officers turned up at the house and found 84-year-old Jole and her 94-year-old husband Michele. The couple were physically completely fine – in fact, they were just watching TV, but apparently after Jole asked her husband why there was so much hate in the news, she burst out crying. The crying was so intense that it warranted a police visit.
The couple, who had been together for almost 70 years and had been feeling desperately alone, told officers that it had been ages since they had had a visitor.
Noting the lack of food in the couple’s kitchen – just a few old grapes and some signs of a recent proper meal – the officers did the best with what they had at hand as they waited for an ambulance to check on the couple, and cooked them up a pasta dish. They also sat down with Jole and Michele, talking to them and offering them some of the company they had been craving.
Rome police shared the story to their Facebook page:
A loose English translation was also shared and is as follows:
#Rome: History of humanity urban
#Essercisempre #poliziadistato #squadravolante
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!
This is also #essercisempre and lies every time someone asks us for help.
The police had said that once they were in the flat, they realised there was no crime to deal with but that they were faced with a much more challenging task: reassuring a couple who needed help and warmth.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that count.