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Special Feature December 16, 2004


Why I Love Nurses

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 Granddaddyin Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful blonde hair, an imageof 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 naturemessed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost inthe 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 sosweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we

were all caught in "Granddaddy, let'srun through the rain," she said.


"What?" Granddaddy asked.

"Let'srun through the rain!" She repeated.

"No, honey. We'll wait until itslows down a bit," Granddaddy


This young child waited aboutanother 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 shetugged at her Granddaddy's arm.

This morning? When did I say we couldrun through the rain and not get wet?

"Don't you remember? When you weretalking to Grandmama about her cancer, you said, 'If God can get us throughthis, he can get us through anything!"

The entire crowd stopped deadsilent. 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 andthought for a moment about what he would say. Now†††† some would laugh it off andscold him for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was amoment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can benurtured so that it will†††† bloom into faith.

"Honey, you are absolutelyright. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we justneeded washing," Granddaddy said.

Then off they ran. We all stoodwatching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through thepuddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They gotsoaked. But they were followed

by a few who screamed and laughed like childrenall 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, theycan 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 takethe opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season anda 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


Brain Tumor

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 Viterbi Torah School


The students of Viterbi Torah School, Congregation Beth El, under the direction of Ms. Naomi Fisher, decorated and filled beautiful Chanukah bags for the clients of Foodmobile.Foodmobile is the Kosher home-delivered meals program of Jewish Family Service.


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.