I’m back! Refreshed, renewed, retired! Yep, you are looking at a free woman. “Free! Free! Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last!”
Okay, nursing wasn’t that bad. In fact, except for the physical demands it made on my body in the last few years, I loved nursing as much as I love writing. I always felt blessed that I got paid to do something I had such a passion to do…take care of children.
One thing you have to know about me is that I love children. From newborn to adolescents. I won’t say every color because to me no child has a “color”. I even love baby animals of all kinds. Oh, except spiders. And cockroaches. I even loved my baby brother…at least, until he was old enough to drive me crazy.
I know there are people who don’t understand loving children other than their own. To me, all children are MY own. I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child, but admit, there are certain members of the village who shouldn’t come near children. Most often because the “adult” hasn’t grown up themselves. But give me a child and they’re mine forever!
Children have this remarkable ability to see the world in black and white. To a child, you aren’t a flawed person; you are either good or bad. They are very direct and honest until someone teaches them to lie. Everything is new and watching them learn about the world around them is fascinating.
They’re not perfect. Nothing can be crueller than a child. Their honesty has to tempered with empathy. Because they’re born with only knowledge of themselves, they have to be taught to care about others and their feelings. All without depressing their natural need to evolve.
Kids are loving and hurtful. Uneducated and wise. Silly and capable of maturity beyond their age when disaster faces them. What’s not to like about a child? So, though I have to leave my first love, nursing sick and injured children, I’ll look back at all the kids in my life and tell them thank you. Thank you for the woman you made me today. And thank you for all the years of joy, tears, aggravation, and gratitude you gave me. I’ll always be there for you guys!