Nursing: not all jokes

The bell rang and the blaring music started with “Waterfalls” by TLC. It was Tuesday. The kids led the way down to the health office. They plunked down on the floor. I opened the office, grabbed the joke book and tossed it towards Sarah as I called out, “Heads up!”. She caught it. “Can you…

Rough start

I stealthy changed into my pajamas and cautiously started to climb the ladder to the top bunk. The bones in my foot loudly cracked as I stepped onto the first rung. I grimaced as I stopped to check to see that I hadn’t woken Patrick. Thankfully he slept on. The bottom of my foot still…

Love is in the air

My face flushed as I reached level ten of awkwardness. I quickly looked away from Liz’s fresh love bite. “I hope the bear didn’t side track your planning.” I said uneasily as I cleared my throat. Liz’s played with the collar of her t-shirt. “We had to cut our session short so I’m thinking…” Ben…

A Scary Bear

I could not have felt more awkward!! I held my breath as the wordless conversation continued. Apparently the unidentified canoodling couple hadn’t noticed me. Thank goodness! I ever so carefully took a tiny step backwards and waited silently. Nothing. I took another step backwards and waited again. Nothing. I turned and as quietly as possible…

A beautiful night

“Oh!” Barb pulled back and swung her head right and left, looking at the shoulders of her t-shirt that now had hand-shaped splotches of clay. She laughed. “No big deal. I never come out of pottery class unscathed!” Barb used her t-shirt to wipe her tears from her eyes and managed to get eyeliner on…

Throwing a bowl

I ran up to the third floor to check on the kids. I peeked into the two bedrooms and all three kids were sawing logs. Sound asleep. I noticed the light on in the office and stepped though the door. Lydia was bent over the computer scrolling through some work. “Good evening Lydia!” I greeted…

Challenge accepted

The LITs’ jumped to their feet as Marie and Dane clapped their hands and yelled. “Let’s go guys, as you are! This is it! Come on! Down to the boat house! Now!” The LITs who had worn the extra clothing looked triumphant, while the LITs in their shorts and t-shirts looked a little chagrinned. “I…

Survivor Niiiiiiight

Watching the golden butterfly as it picked its way across the window screen and I relished in the delight that it had ignited. I was amazed that such a tiny creature was capable of charming me. I couldn’t suppress a smile. I sat down and completed my documentation. I closed the binder and looked at…

Earth angel

Rob left the health office and I picked up the tongue depressor and sat back down in front of the freezer. I attacked the ice ferociously and as I did the tears flowed freely from my eyes. I didn’t even bother to wipe them away. The ice came flying off in a blur. The ‘why’s’…

Silver linings

As Marie’s footsteps faded in the background I lay out the medications for after dinner and bedtime. I heard what sounded like some evening announcements echoing from the dining hall and then the scraping of chairs as campers got up to leave after dinner. The heavy stomping of campers coming up the back stairwell announced…

Challenges and changes

I rolled over onto my hands and knees and the fingertip fell onto the floor. I dry-heaved making a horrible retching sound. I took some deep breaths to stave off the vomiting. I was not sure why I was so grossed out by it. After-all I was an experienced ICU nurse with a background that…

I get another tip.

I munched on the remainder of my campfire as I enjoyed the kids’ gentle snores. Then I cleaned up our campfire area. I bent the corner of the page in the Nancy Drew book and placed the book on the bedside cubby. I gently gathered up Patrick in my arms. He scarcely opened his eyes…