Friday, December 8, 2017


A veteran nurse recalled this significant experience: “During my second year of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans our school?’ Surely, I thought, this is some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired, and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade on the quiz. ‘Absolutely,’ said the professor. ‘In your careers you will meet many people. Each one is significant. Each one deserves your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.’

“I’ve never forgotten that lesson,” said the nurse, “and I learned that the woman who cleaned our school was Dorothy.”