Why I Love Nurses
During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz.† I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one:† 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'† Surely this was 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 quiz grade.
'Absolutely,' said the professor.† 'In your careers you will meet many people.† All are significant.† They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello'. I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
Letís Run Through the Rain
A little girl had been shopping with her Granddaddy† in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful blonde hair, an image† of innocence.
It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the††† spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Wal-Mart.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature† messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in† the sound†††† and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child come pouring in as a†††† welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.
The little voice was so† sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we
were all caught in "Granddaddy, let's† run through the rain," she said.†
"What?" Granddaddy asked.
"Let's† run through the rain!" She repeated.
"No, honey. We'll wait until it† slows down a bit," Granddaddy
This young child waited about† another minute and repeated:
"Granddaddy, let's run through the rain."
"We'll get soaked if we do," Granddaddy said.
"No, we won't,† Granddaddy. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she† tugged at her Granddaddy's arm.
This morning? When did I say we could† run through the rain and not get wet?
"Don't you remember? When you were† talking to Grandmama about her cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through† this, he can get us through anything!"
The entire crowd stopped dead† silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently.† No one came or left in the next few minutes.
Granddaddy paused and† thought for a moment about what he would say. Now†††† some would laugh it off and† scold him for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a† moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be† nurtured so that it will†††† bloom into faith.
"Honey, you are absolutely† right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just† needed washing," Granddaddy said.
Then off they ran. We all stood† watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the† puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got† soaked. But they were followed
by a few who screamed and laughed like children† all the way to their cars.
And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.
Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they† can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can†††† ever take away our precious memories ... so, don't forget to make time and take† the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and† a time to every purpose under heaven.
Sometimes it takes a child to teach us a lesson.† Sometimes, we need to go back in time and become a child again . . . and to remember to take time out to run in the rain.
Living with Cancer?† Look to CCLC for Support!
Caring Community -
Living with Cancer (CCLC) provides free programs for people affected by cancer
(participants) and their loved ones. CCLC offers psychosocial support groups,
stress management, education, as well as information and referral
We currently offer the following groups for people living with cancer:
Weekly Support Groups
For participants (people living with cancer)
For family members and loved ones
A mixed group for participants and family members (available in Spanish)
Monthly Networking Groups
Coping with Cancer
Parents of Children with Cancer/Leukemia (available in Spanish)
†Weekly Educational Workshops
Psychosocial workshops covering various aspects of the cancer experience
Lunch provided at no extra charge
Weekly Stress Management Activities (in English and Spanish)
Relaxation & Visualization
For Information & Registration - please call 1-877-537-1818.† CCLC is a program of Jewish Family Service of San Diego.
Chanukah Gifts from
The students of
Each lovely bag contained a box of Chanukah candles, chocolate geld, and a driedel.† These special treats brought back many memories and thoughts of family for the Foodmobile clients.†
Foodmobile is in need of volunteers to assist with delivering meals - what a great Mitzvah!
If you have just a small amount of time available - there are seniors who would truly appreciate
your warm smile and friendly hello as they receive their daily meal.† For additional information, please call Rosann Place 619-229-2390.
Who Can You Turn To?†
Everyday Solutions for Everyday Issues
Support and therapy groups are now forming at all three JFS Counseling Offices on issues regarding divorce and separation, caregivers, boys & girls' socialization, women's issues and domestic violence.
JFS Counseling Services are available for children, adolescents and adults regardless of religion or ethnicity.† We offer competitive fees on a sliding scale basis with most insurance accepted.† Offices are located in Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo.† Solutions start by making a simple phone call to (877) 537-1818.