Don't Curse the Nurse!

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Our Department Angel

on December 24, 2016

gift

We have something for you.”

He never changed his pace. He grabbed a chart, added the indexed papers, and the allergy sticker for the front.

We waited, quietly.

Thinking he’d look up and notice everyone standing around him, we all inhaled, anxious to show our appreciation. Our manager stood behind him and off to the left, holding the envelope with the gift card inside.

He then got up from his seat, turned clockwise, and sifted through the stack of dividers, his chin inches from where they sat propped on the high countertop. After finding the specific divider he needed, our much valued volunteer acknowledged our presence.  

“Just a minute. I need to finish this.”

Sure that he was aware that the small crowd gathering was for him, our boss gently intervened.

“We have a gift for you”

He sat again and placed the name labels inside the clear pocket.

I’m not sure about the others, but for me, the awkward humor of what appeared to be a snub quickly turned into an ‘ Aww ‘ moment.  A little shade of pink had colored his face.  Turning to the manager, but fluttering his eyes up and down, he simply said “O.K”

“This is for you. We all chipped in!” Noticing his shyness, our leader kept it short and sweet.

He murmured a “Thank you”, placed the envelope on the counter, and looked over to start on a new chart.

“Open it.”    “Open it.”           “Open it.”     We all chimed in.

 “Of course he complied. He is a gentleman. 

What’s more important is that I share this:   Our volunteer is over 75, having put in full tenure in the school system, has time to help at least twice a week. His wife is seeing an Oncologist. He only missed the days he had eye surgery and the days his wife was getting treatments. He doesn’t take breaks or chat the time away.

He’s not “Just a volunteer.” (Besides, there is no such thing as “Just a volunteer”.)

He’s a gift.

To our department angel I want to say “We love you and hope you never tire of us!”

 

 


7 responses to “Our Department Angel

  1. Jim says:

    how ucky you are to have someone like this in your life.

  2. Susan says:

    Yes! We are very lucky!

  3. RaineFairy says:

    Merry Christmas! 🎄

  4. BETH says:

    There is a “volunteer” at one of the VA hospitals in South Carolina–not intentionally, but accidentally. He has Downs Syndrome and comes with his mother every day because she has no where to leave him. While other hospital clerks or staff sit and sleep or file their nails, the young man with Downs Syndrome runs the place. He is a jewel.

  5. Kelly Kollstedt says:

    Beautiful explination Susan!! Sam is our ASU Angel for sure!!👼

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