Working Christmas Day

[不指定 09/07/30 16:25 | by admin ]
    It was an unusually quiet day in the emergency room on December twenty-fifth. Quiet, that is, except for the nurses who were standing around the nurses' station grumbling about having to work Christmas Day.


I was triage nurse that day and had just been out to the waiting room to clean up. Since there were no patients waiting to be seen at the time, I came back to the nurses' station for a cup of hot cider from the crockpot someone had brought in for Christmas. Just then an admitting clerk came back and told me I had five patients waiting to be evaluated.


I whined, "Five, how did I get five; I was just out there and no one was in the waiting room."


"Well, there are five signed in." So I went straight out and called the first name. Five bodies showed up at my triage desk, a pale petite woman and four small children in somewhat rumpled clothing.


"Are you all sick?" I asked suspiciously.


"Yes," she said weakly, and lowered her head.


"Okay," I replied, unconvinced, "who's first?" One by one they sat down, and I asked the usual preliminary questions. When it came to descriptions of their presenting problems, things got a little vague. Two of the children had headaches, but the headaches weren't accompanied by the normal body language of holding the head or trying to keep it still or squinting or grimacing. Two children had earaches, but only one could tell me which ear was affected. The mother complained of a cough, but seemed to work to produce it.


Something was wrong with the picture. Our hospital policy, however, was not to turn away any patient, so we would see them. When I explained to the mother that it might be a little while before a doctor saw her because, even though the waiting room was empty, ambulances had brought in several, more critical patients, in the back, she responded, "Take your time, it's warm in here." She turned and, with a smile, guided her brood into the waiting room.


On a hunch (call it nursing judgment), I checked the chart after the admitting clerk had finished registering the family. No address - they were homeless. The waiting room was warm.


I looked out at the family huddled by the Christmas tree. The littlest one was pointing at the television and exclaiming something to her mother. The oldest one was looking at her reflection in an ornament on the Christmas tree.


I went back to the nurses station and mentioned we had a homeless family in the waiting room - a mother and four children between four and ten years of age. The nurses, grumbling about working Christmas, turned to compassion for a family just trying to get warm on Christmas. The team went into action, much as we do when there's a medical emergency. But this one was a Christmas emergency.


We were all offered a free meal in the hospital cafeteria on Christmas Day, so we claimed that meal and prepared a banquet for our Christmas guests.


We needed presents. We put together oranges and apples in a basket one of our vendors had brought the department for Christmas. We made little goodie bags of stickers we borrowed from the X-ray department, candy that one of the doctors had brought the nurses, crayons the hospital had from a recent coloring contest, nurse bear buttons the hospital had given the nurses at annual training day and little fuzzy bears that nurses clipped onto their stethoscopes. We also found a mug, a package of powdered cocoa, and a few other odds and ends. We pulled ribbon and wrapping paper and bells off the department's decorations that we had all contributed to. As seriously as we met physical needs of the patients that came to us that day, our team worked to meet the needs, and exceed the expectations, of a family who just wanted to be warm on Christmas Day.


We took turns joining the Christmas party in the waiting room. Each nurse took his or her lunch break with the family, choosing to spend their "off duty" time with these people whose laughter and delightful chatter became quite contagious.


When it was my turn, I sat with them at the little banquet table we had created in the waiting room. We talked for a while about dreams. The four children were telling me about what they would like to be when they grow up. The six-year-old started the conversation. "I want to be a nurse and help people," she declared.


After the four children had shared their dreams, I looked at the Mom. She smiled and said, "I just want my family to be safe, warm and content - just like they are right now."


The "party" lasted most of the shift, before we were able to locate a shelter that would take the family in on Christmas Day. The mother had asked that their charts be pulled, so these patients were not seen that day in the emergency department. But they were treated.


As they walked to the door to leave, the four-year-old came running back, gave me a hug and whispered, "Thanks for being our angels today." As she ran back to join her family, they all waved one more time before the door closed. I turned around slowly to get back to work, a little embarrassed for the tears in my eyes. There stood a group of my coworkers, one with a box of tissues, which she passed around to each nurse who worked a Christmas Day she will never forget.

常见节日英语词汇

[不指定 09/02/10 09:39 | by admin ]
元旦:New Year’s Day

春节:Spring Festival

元宵节:the Lantern Festival

劳动节:May Day

端午节:Dragon Boat Festival

母亲节:Mother’s Day

父亲节:Father’s Day

儿童节:Children’s Day

教师节:Teachers’ Day

中秋节:Mid-autumn Day

国庆节:National Day

妇女节:International Working Women’s Day

愚人节:April Fools’ Day

复活节:Easter Day

情人节:St Valentine’s Day

万圣节:Halloween

感恩节:Thanksgiving Day

圣诞节:Christmas Day
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The Missed Blessings 错过的祝福

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" He then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realizing his father was very old, he thought perhaps he should go to see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make the arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he was reading, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words... "PAID IN FULL".

How many times do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Sometimes we don't realize the good fortune we have or we could have because we expect "the packaging" to be different. What may appear as bad fortune may in fact be the door that is just waiting to be opened.
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Consider...YOU. In all time before now and in all time to come, there has never been and will never be anyone just like you. You are unique in the entire history and future of the universe. Wow! Stop and think about that. You're better than one in a million, or a billion, or a gazillion...

试想一下……你!一个空前绝后的你,不论是以往还是将来都不会有一个跟你一模一样的人。你在历史上和宇宙中都是独一无二的。哇!想想吧,你是万里挑一、亿里挑一、兆里挑一的。

You are the only one like you in a sea of infinity!

在无穷无尽的宇宙中,你是举世无双的!!!

You're amazing! You're awesome! And by the way, TAG, you're it. As amazing and awesome as you already are, you can be even more so. Beautiful young people are the whimsey of nature, but beautiful old people are true works of art. But you don't become "beautiful" just by virtue of the aging process.

你是了不起的!你是卓越的!没错,就是你。你已经是了不起的,是卓越的,你还可以更卓越更了不起。美丽的年轻人是大自然的奇想,而美丽的老人却是艺术的杰作。但你不会因为年龄的渐长就自然而然地变得“美丽”。

Real beauty comes from learning, growing, and loving in the ways of life. That is the Art of Life. You can learn slowly, and sometimes painfully, by just waiting for life to happen to you. Or you can choose to accelerate your growth and intentionally devour life and all it offers. You are the artist that paints your future with the brush of today.

Paint a Masterpiece.

真正的美丽源于生命里的学习、成长和热爱。这就是生命的艺术。你可以只听天由命, 慢慢地学,有时候或许会很痛苦。又或许你可以选择加速自己的成长,故意地挥霍生活及其提供的一切。你就是手握今日之刷描绘自己未来的艺术家。

画出一幅杰作吧!

God gives every bird its food, but he doesn't throw it into its nest. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, it's truly up to you.

上帝给了鸟儿食物,但他没有将食物扔到它们的巢里。不管你想要去哪里,不管你想要做什么,真正做决定的还是你自己。

Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. So one day he asked God,"They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

从前,有个孩子马上就要诞生了。因此有一天他问上帝:“听说明天你就送我去人间了,但是,我这么弱小和无助,我在那儿怎么生活呢?”


God replied,"Among the many angels, I chose one for you. She will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

上帝答道:“在众多的天使中,我特别为你挑了一位。她会守候你、无微不至地照顾你。”

But the child wasn't sure he really wanted to go."But tell me, here in Heaven, I don't do anything else but sing and smile, that's enough for me to be happy."

小孩还是拿不准自己是否真的想去。“但是在天堂,我除了唱唱笑笑外,什么也不做。这就足以让我感到幸福了。”

"Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day. And you will feel your angel's love and be happy."

“你的天使每天会为你唱歌,为你微笑。你会感受她的爱,并且因此而幸福。”

"And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me,"the child continued,"if I don't know the language that men talk?"

“如果我不懂人类的语言,他们对我说话时,我怎么听得懂呢?”孩子继续问道。

God patted him on the head and said,"Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

上帝轻轻地拍了一下孩子的脑袋说:“你的天使会对你说最最美丽、最最动听的话语,而这些都是你从未听过的。她会不厌其烦地教你说话。”

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

“如果我想与你说话怎么办?”

But God had an answer for that question too."Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

上帝胸有成竹地回答:“你的天使会将你的双手合拢,教你如何祈祷。”

"I've heard that on earth there are bad men, who will protect me?"

“听说尘世有很多坏蛋,谁来保护我呢?”

"Your angel will defend you even if it means risking her life!"

“即使冒着生命危险,你的天使也会保护你的。”

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore,"the child continued warily.

“但是见不到你,我会难过的。”小孩小心翼翼说道。

God smiled on the young one."Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you."

听到这儿,上帝对着小孩笑了。“尽管我会一直陪伴你左右,你的天使仍会提起我,教你重返天堂之路。”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard. The child knew he had to start on his journey very soon. He asked God one more question, softly,"Oh God, if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

此时,天堂一片宁静,凡间的声音已可听到,小孩明白自己得赶紧上路了。 他又轻声问了最后一个问题,“哦,上帝,假如我现在就出发,请你告诉我,我的天使叫什么名字。”

God touched the child on the shoulder and answered,"Your angel's name is not hard to remember. You will simply call her Mommy." 

上帝把手放在小孩的肩上,答道:“你的天使的名字很容易记住, 你就叫她——妈妈。”
  Love begins with a smile,
  grows with a kiss,ends with a tear.
  When you were born,
  you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
  Live your life so that when you die,
  you're the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

  爱情以笑开始,
  以吻转浓,以泪结束。
  当你哭着降临人世时,身边的每个人都在为此欢笑,
  好好生活吧,
  这样你就能含笑离开人世,而身边的每个人都在为此哭泣。
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