“I Remember”–the nurse & the visiting schoolmate
The Nurse Remembers
I remember the first meeting, as we signed her up…being in silence as I took her vitals and did the paperwork. Her cancer was so large when we found it, you could see it in her breast. We talked about her pain.
I remember when she first was wheeled in to the nursing home, so tall in her wheelchair.
I will look like that when my time comes. She was such a lady.
I remember discussing her fears, losses, and her hopes. She talked about Hawaii.
We gave her a Hawaiian birthday party.
I remember being sad when I left from visiting her, wishing I could do more.
I remember I regretted not knowing her when she was well, and so never really knew her, not completely. Was that when she was happiest? During the war, when she married your father?
I remember sitting with her as she died.
The School Mate Remembers
I remember she selected a small circle of friends.
We sat near the window in the cafeteria.
I remember she loved vibrant colors. I lusted after her purple sweater.
I remember when she was booed off the stage at the talent show.
I remember when she ran for class president, and lost, but looked great in her new haircut.
She was the teacher’s favorite.
I remember when I slept at her house and her brother overheard all the secrets we told.
I could always confide in her, and she in me.
I remember when we were sitting in the library and she told me she was pregnant.
She loved animals, especially horses.
She was a great basketball player.
I remember when she beat me at tennis.
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