I had a lovely session the other day with a gentleman I had only seen once or twice before. Upon his arrival I could tell all was not well with him, so naturally I asked him if everything was OK. He was not up for talking about it so I left him alone and we began to talk about what we had planned for our play session.
We played and it was an excellent session, I enjoyed myself, but more importantly he seemed to as well and he certainly seemed to leave much brighter than he was when he arrived. I settled down to my (geekier) work for the afternoon and thought no more of it. I presumed that he had simply been a little stressed from work and our session had helped release that. This is not uncommon.
Later that evening I received the loveliest e-mail form the same gentleman telling me how much our session had improved his mood and that he now felt better than he had done in weeks. I have to say I was really touched. Yes, we had fun at our play and that is always a good thing but this was different. Our time together had really seemed to break his cycle of low mood. That session had really made a difference to him and I am glad he shared it with me.