Out of the mouths of babes  

Medic_chic 53F
13 posts
12/21/2005 3:17 pm

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8/28/2006 9:37 am

Out of the mouths of babes

About a month ago I went on a call that I would like to share with you. This wasn't a sirens blaring kinda call, it was a general transport kinda call (from hospital to hospital).We picked up a rather small 5 year old boy who, if I remember right, had appendicitis. We loaded him in the back of the ambulance and his mother sat up front. While in back I was confronted with this unbelievably intelligent, clean cut, very well spoken, curious little hispanic boy.He stared around my ambulance bright eyed and unintimidated. He asked me, "what's that?" pointing at a box of gloves. I told him and he asked,"what's that?" as he pointed to the M on the box. I explained to him that it stood for medium and further explained that gloves come in small, medium, large and extra large because everybody is different and wear different sizes. He looked at me as if I were mentally challenged, grinned and shook his head no. This young man proceeded to tell me that we're not different, we're all the same. I said, "well, that's not exactly true. I told him that there weren't two people in the world that were exactly the same and that is what makes us so unique. I then gave him a couple of examples. I'm big and you're small. He giggled. I'm a girl and you're a boy. He giggled again and gave me a sheepish little grin and said, "yeah, but we're both white." and he smiled as big as he could being very proud of himself. I was completely dumbfounded!! As my eyes teared a little I smiled back at him and said, "you are absolutely right...we are the same." He was content that I had agreed. In this little boy's innocent eyes, he didn't see glove sizes. He saw that we both had hands. He didn't see that we were different sexes, he saw that we were just people. And damnit...he didn't, even for a split second...notice that we were different races!! I wish that we were as smart as this little angel that had stepped into my life for just a brief moment. For all of the bad things that I have seen and have to live with, this little man made it all worth while. We should all be so smart as this 5 year old little boy. True story.

nmplzr 63M
8 posts
12/23/2005 11:54 am

Out of the mouth of babes. An open mind, uncluttered by the thoughts, influence and teachings of the "adult experience".

easy_8 56M

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