The parable of flowery words-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
THE queue to the elevator going up to the Pay Wards is literally flowery.
Patients’ relatives fall in line with their bouquets of fresh roses and mums, get-well-cards, red heart-shaped balloons, baskets of fruits, and other nice stuff.
Children in the emergency room are also in queue, but for a different reason. They’re in queue, waiting for their turn to be admitted to the Pediatrics Charity wards. If the wards were pails, these would be overflowing already.
The Pedia ER patients’ visitors however, don’t have a queue, as they aren’t allowed to go inside the emergency room. Only one guardian is allowed at the bedside. That’s why you’ll see many worried faces instead of open spaces when you look at the emergency room’s windows. Beside the cold metal beds of children, you also don’t see tables where get-well flowers and fruit baskets can be placed. That is also, if they still have money left to buy those things for their sick, after being given requests and prescriptions for syringes, laboratory exams and procedures, and very expensive medicines.
They show their concern and care in their own special ways. A child made her sick cousin smile the whole day. She didn’t do it personally as children weren’t allowed to enter the ER. I didn’t ask how, also. I just discovered it at nighttime when she was asleep and I was monitoring her vital signs. Her translucent pillowcase, with a kitten design, revealed a secret. Her cheek, moist with perspiration engendered by the sultry night, partly hid a sheet of bond paper.
Through the translucent pillowcase, I saw the note: “Pagaling ka Sheryl. Mahal ka namin. Love you, Pinsan Jema.” You would surmise that Jema was in kinder or first grade. She wrote with crayons, a different color for each letter. She wrote “Sheryl” in big letters. She had cherry-red hearts drawn at the borders.
This is the common man’s get-well card - more priceless than a Hallmark. Definitely, it is more meaningful and worth cherishing than what money can buy.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 22, 2013.