Friday, July 11, 2008


I had a hankering for a mocha from Tim Horton's this morning.

The craving, no doubt, had something to do with the soccer game I played in last night. I was (am, actually) drained.

I walked up to the door at the same time as another woman. I pulled the door open for her.

"Oh, bless you! I just worked 12 hours."

She was wearing scrubs. "Where at?" I asked. I knew that it wasn't at Anna's hospital - she wasn't wearing their uniform.

"Receiving." Detroit Receiving Hospital. Quite the place. I think it may have been featured on Trauma: Life in the ER. I think that a lot of the big trauma cases and gunshot wounds and whatnot get brought straight there.

I checked out her badge. RN.

She told me a little about her schedule (she's contracted to work every weekend). I told her that I lived with Anna, who is just finishing up with her first year of nursing school. I told her that my mom was a nursing professor.

"And you're not a nurse?" She said this with a bit of surprise in her voice. "Why didn't you become a nurse, too?"

I was (am, actually) afraid of the math that it would require. "But, you never know, nursing school could be in the cards for me one day!"

"Well, you look like a nurse."

I don't know what a nurse looks like, exactly, but it was the biggest compliment that I've gotten in a long time.

I'm not sure that there's another group of people I respect as much as I respect nurses.

It was fun, driving to work, to think about going to nursing school. It is always an option, I guess, if the library gig doesn't work out. Especially since I could go tuition-free at my mom's school. I doubt it will ever happen.

I look like a nurse.

That was sweet of her to say.


Accidentally Me said...

Oh, you definitely look like a

Nurses have to look friendly, and they have to look like they are compasionate.

Also, a lot of nurses are kinda hot, so you got that going for you, too!

Anonymous said...

I love that you said "hankering". Hehe.

Stace said...

I wish i'd stuck out nursing school. :( as for the math, not that bad. . but since you mentioned math is hard. . it might take some concetration, but nothing you can't overcome.

Unknown said...

Y'know, in all my years of grad school, I always wished I'd gone to nursing school. The nurses always looked so cute and fun and so close (the student nurses, I mean) and I seriously envied them as I suffered in with my primarily asian labmates who spoke in Tawainese and ignored me. Now I'm in nursing school in a weird place, my class isn't filled with cute, young nurses (instead, we have older people and a few KW-lifestyle types if you catch my drift) and I still love it! I remember driving along and imagining nursing school, though... this post definitely reminded me of it!

And yes, you definitely have the look of a hot nurse... maybe you should try it out for Halloween this year :)

my life is brilliant said...

That's a cute story! I have a lot of respect for nurses too. I never though of someone looking like a nurse before, but it totally makes sense -- and you really do! I like the way Accidentally Me explained it. So true!

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