Friday, August 21, 2009

Once upon a time....

Nancy Plays Nurse

Just two storybooks stand out in my memory from my early childhood. One is a Christmas book that I'll save for a Dec. post & the other (above) ..... when I managed to find a picture of the cover (which is actually what I remember most about it), it felt like I was meeting a long lost friend for the first time in a very long time :)

I've wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. Despite a few places in my story where the plot thickened a bit too much for my liking....I am living my dream(fairytale!) come true. There isn't much that I want, that I don't have - tho' there are still things I haven't done that I'd like to do...

Long story short, I grew up in a neighborhood w/ mostly boys. Played army a lot. Was always the nurse. Often got a new nurse kit for Christmas. My patients loved my candy pills! - So much so that I think they enjoyed getting "wounded" just so they could have some! :) We played G.I. Joes too & my Barbie was the nurse then too! And I was a candystriper in high school. I married my best friend smack out of highschool & we had our first baby when I was nineteen. Now, after 4 children (one in heaven), I've spent a lot of time in doctors offices, urgent care centers & emergency rooms for things such as well baby check-ups, ear infections, stitches, etc - but - I never did become a nurse. Maybe it's best - bc judging by how I react at times when my own children are sick or hurt, I'm not so sure I'd make a very good nurse anyhow! It's like I feel their pain!


Playmaker (my oldest daughter - Sophomore) is leaning toward being a nurse too & I've seriously considered taking the nursing program at the local state college along w/ her - as they have an excellent program - but I'm not sure we'd be able to swing it financially after we will have just finished putting our son thru' college & will likely have one more to go.

Time will tell if I ever become a nurse - or not .... but I can't help but wonder if this book is what inspired me to want to be one in the first place - once upon a time...



P.S. How I wish now that I had saved this book then!

9 comments:

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story! It would be neat if your daughter does decide to become a nurse.

And you know the saying - "It's never too late to become what you might have been." :)

Best wishes!

Scattering Lupines said...

What a beautiful story. You should take out a loan for your education and become a nurse! It could be such a great ministry... and soon to have an empty nest so young, WHY NOT???

MyStory of HiStory said...

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm just grateful that it is even something I can consider at this point....one advantage of having kids young :)

Yiota said...

I guess what they say that what we read as kids is part of who we are is true. Follow your dream however you can.

Mug said...

I, too, always wanted to become a nurse and was a candystriper in high school (I LOVED it!)....but never did...although, as you say, had to sort of be one with my own children.
I ended up becoming a teacher (which is much more my forte', I think). But...I still think about the nursing bit and wonder if I should try it now at the ripe old age of....gulp!...53?

Personally, I think YOU should "go for it"! You could take one or 2 classes at a time....(You're going to be quite a busy woman having your little (was it a coffee shop/bookstore?) and becoming a nurse!)

4 Bushel Farmgal and Lupines both made good points...."It's never too late...", and It could be an excellent ministry!

As for me? Well, teaching in itself is a ministry, so I may stick with it while I continue to ponder the "nursing notion" in the back of my head for a while longer.

P.S. Loved your "life story":)

Jayne said...

I never grew up knowing I wanted to be a nurse, but can't imagine doing anything else after 26 years! Go for it! Two years... a very small amount of time to devote. The rewards are priceless. :c)

Thanks for visiting my Journey Through Grace and for your kind words. You have a very lovely blog.

MyStory of HiStory said...

Wow - what a load of encouragement here.

Mug - who knew we had so much in common ... I keep finding more :)

Welcome Jayne! - Thanks so much for stopping in. 2 yrs?? I tho't it was 4? You have a lovely blog as well - I'll be back :)

Mug said...

Well, I thought about this blog today....My mother (who is 72-ish lives alone out in the countryin a big ol' antebellum home....Anyway, she called bright and early this morning....Bless her heart, she had been up all night with an upset stomach and was feeling extremely weak & faint. I stayed the day with her (I have another sister who will spend the night). Anyway, after i had been there several hours, Mama weakly said, "you're a good nurse." :)

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Mug. Funny - I was just telling my husband that so much of why I want to be a nurse doesn't require a license...the way you've been caring for your mom is a good example/illustration of what I was trying to say.

I hope your mom is better soon.