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We Call Him Eeyore

on November 4, 2013

We call him Eeyore for a reason. His head hangs low on shoulder unusually wide for his frame, and the corners of his mouth drop in perfect symmetry. I can’t tell you his real name. He’s one of our doctors. This anesthesiologist, he doesn’t mince words. If asked, he speaks candidly about his constant state of unhappiness and dares you to try and change him.

Today, I wasn’t in the procedure room so my only interaction with him was at 7:00 am and again at 11:00 am when he walked toward the front and cut through our waiting area. The only people sitting there were the wife of our last patient and their three year old daughter. The little girl was constantly jumping from her seat and spinning around on the tiled floor.

 Ten minutes later, I turned my head just in time to see our gloomy anesthesiologist walk back through and encounter that little girl. She twirled around in front of him with her arms outstretched, the same broad grin on her face despite being chastised by her mom for getting up so much. It surprised me to see that he had stopped and I partially turned my head away. I didn’t want to stare. But then, I didn’t want to miss a chance to see what happens when joy meets misery.

  Breaking into a hardly seen smile and a twinkle in his eyes, he leaned over to her and asked, “You wanna dance with me?”

 It was ten seconds, ten seconds that I saw the human side of him.

 He can go back to being Eeyore; gloomy and cynical, irritable at the drop of a hat, but I’ll swear in a court of law. When he wants to, our resident grump can be a real teddy bear.

One response to “We Call Him Eeyore

  1. Sarah says:

    I believe it!

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