A Nurse at Last!
Jen's Pinning Ceremony
May 21, 2006
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From where I sit, comfortably at the keyboard or on conference calls,
she crossed a threshold some years back, on the night
of her anatomy class when they first had her take scalpel to
cadaver. I remember thinking, after I put the girls to bed and while
I waited for her to get home, that after dabbling in biology and
chemistry, she was now embarking forever from the safe and sanitized
world of liberal arts. She was diving into another world where instead
of playing with words and numbers, you're responsible for people's
bodies and lives.
When she walked in the door that night, still visibly shaken, I had
a chilled glass of chardonnay poured out for her. She grabbed it
without stopping, tossing it back as she made her way to a hot
shower. And never looked back.