The physical therapist watched the elderly man guide himself with the walker down the hallway. His steps were small, but he walked with confidence.

“How do you like the walker?”

“Oh, I like it,” the elderly man said. “I like the walker. I can lean on it.”

He purposely leaned into the walker to demonstrate its stability.

“It’s like a friend,” he said. He looked down at the walker, then up at the physical therapist.

“Actually, it’s better than a friend because it doesn’t complain.”