A Good Nurse and a Good Teacher

 I just got my test results back from the health fair, and they reminded me of a story I wanted to share with you. My blood was drawn by Nurse Shelly, who sometimes has a purple streak in her white hair, but that day it was colorless. When I looked away before she jabbed me, she asked if I was okay. "Yes, I just can't look is all," I said. She said, "me neither, but one of us has to." She's pretty funny.  When we were done she asked that I stay with her until she labeled everything, just to be sure there would be no mix-ups later. When I admired her handwriting, it was so neat, especially considering the tiny, curved test tube surface, Nurse Shelly credited her fourth grade teacher, Miss O'Neill. "She said, 'the only thing a lot of people will ever know about you is what they see in your handwriting, so you might as well make sure your penmanship is good.' "  They will also remember, it seems, the teacher who taught them well. I'm glad the lab could read Shelly's writing, and that all is well with my blood.


In other news, it is a busy weekend-- what with the track meet,  the community clean-up, and the fair's Spring Fling in the newly remodeled Harriet Hall,  featuring a band from Seattle, barbecue, and annual membership meeting beginning at 6:30, and we'll be missing it all to see our son graduate from college in Boulder, Co. on Friday. We leave tomorrow, so if you don't hear from me until Sunday, that's why. His graduation means we are three for five, with two more on track to graduate next year and the year after. Phew. I was also glad to see that my son's anthropology major did not make a popular list of the top twenty most useless degrees, but noted that my (almost) MFA did. But you know, useless is usually in the eye of the accountant, and anyone can tell you that education is not that easily quantified, and that money alone does not make a good life. As my mother used to say, you earn  a liberal arts degree so that you can read the Sunday New York Times from front page, to opinion, arts, business, book review, and sports sections-- and understand it. I think that kind of broad education is more important now, in this fast-paced google world than ever before. (Although, I wouldn't mind if they still taught penmanship like Miss O'Neill did, too.) 


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