Drabble #14

by Erin on December 20, 2006


nurse uniform drabble

Everything about her is crisp. There’s me, the crisp white uniform, and her crisp white cap (both heavily starched). Crisp instructions, with crisp sharp consonants. Crisp movements, nothing wasted. A crisp nod to the doctor on his rounds. If you hugged her, she’d crackle like a piece of cellophane wrapping. At least, that’s what I always thought. But then that boy, just back from Korea, grabbed her hand and squeezed it. Grabbed it with his only hand, the one missing three fingers. She finished changing his dressings (gently, not crisply at all) and ran to the closet, where she cried.

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Valerie December 20, 2006 at 10:26 am

I love this. I’ve been enjoying your blog for awhile now (even though I don’t sew much yet), and this drabble series is brilliant, but this one is my favourite. It’s so real and so human. Thanks so much for brightening our days with dresses!

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Susan December 20, 2006 at 10:33 am

What a sweet drabble!

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Gidget Bananas December 20, 2006 at 11:22 am

Oh, jeepers, I just teared up myself.

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ambika December 20, 2006 at 12:13 pm

Oh wow, that was a great piece of writing. So brief but so powerful!

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Lisette December 20, 2006 at 12:20 pm

I have a big lump in my throat!

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melissapedsrn December 20, 2006 at 12:28 pm

Gulp. Erin, you did it again, girlfriend..

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Kate December 20, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Ohhhhh, now you’ve made me cry too. K Q:-0

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Cin December 20, 2006 at 3:33 pm

You make it all so possible, so human. I look at that dress and I can see the story unfold…Thank you.

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enc December 20, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Perfect.

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Anonymous December 20, 2006 at 7:42 pm

That just ROCKS. My 84yo grandmother is recovering from her 2nd total shoulder replacement and I print your new posts for her every day. She loves it and several times has reminisced that she had a similar dress. It is wonderful to hear her memory jogged…she has a lot of fashion sense. She was Miss Michigan Peach Queen 1939 (forerunner to Miss America contest). I have the locket and dress she wore in her official portrait. Thanks for giving her something so cool to look forward to!!! Katherine

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mickey December 20, 2006 at 9:48 pm

So…when are you going to put these in a book? I want it.

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Floridaprincess December 20, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Awwwww!!! Great dress drable today. Bit sad tho.

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E December 21, 2006 at 12:51 am

It reminds me of the piece of writing that Hemingway said was the best he had ever written. It’s only six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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Anonymous December 21, 2006 at 6:07 am

I’ve really enjoyed these drabbles! This one was especially touching.

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Maggi December 21, 2006 at 6:46 am

Beautiful, poignant, human: you make the dresses seem more real than some of the people I work with every day.

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S. December 21, 2006 at 8:01 am

Are you trying to make us cry too?

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Anonymous December 21, 2006 at 9:12 am

omigod, i didn’t even bother to run to the closet!

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Anonymous December 21, 2006 at 9:13 am

omigod, i didn’t even bother to run to the closet!

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stephanie December 22, 2006 at 8:18 am

Oh, I love these drabbles – and this one made me cry as well. You are so talented.

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