I was excited and smiling ear to ear needless to say – I did not realize it was bubbling out through my feet.
My husband and I (before children) used to dance three days a week at a dance studio. On weekends we would hit various country bars to boot scoot-in boogie.We loved it – it is the best exercise without feeling like your actually exercising.
Our dance team would go to Nashville Tennessee to the "wild horse saloon" once a month and show our stuff on that famous dance floor.
I had a extra bounce to my step as I walked into the store – thinking to myself what a fun year this has been watching a book come out of me. I had worked in the same hospital for 22 years and had never stopped to really process what all I had learned and how I had changed as a person until I began writing it down.
I had my shopping cart adding items as I smiled my way through the store – not really paying any attention to the fact the country music that played over head in the story was vibrating my feet. I was two stepping as I pushed my cart. When I stopped I would slide to the left and slide to the right to pick out the item – then two step forward.
I had several people smile at me and I nodded my head in a "hello" as I shuffled…quick quick sloooooow slooooow…quick quick slooooow slooooow…. down the isles.
I was on the bean and soup isle when someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Can I have this dance?" It was a 70-ish year old man who held his hands in two stepping formation.I laughed at his wife who was smiling behind him and I said, "I would love too!". He was a smooth dancer…a very seasoned country Texas two step. We shuffled all the way to the soups and back stepped with a spin to the black eyed peas. He tipped his invisible hat – we laughed and I told him thank you for making my day. He and his wife pushed their buggy out of site and I stood there laughing with this huge grin.
grab yours and see what I got so excited about in Kroger's to be dancing in the store.
Angela Brooks is a mental health nurse educator who spent the last 22 years working in a state funded mental hospital. In 'A Nurses Story', she shares not only what her patients have taught her over the years, but what we can all learn from those we consider 'at the margins of society'. But it's also a book about nursing, about nurses, and about how a nurse healed alongside her patients. Ultimately, "A Nurses Story" exposes a raw truth – that each of us, individually, can inspire self-worth and purpose in every life we touch, if only we choose to.
What are nurses really thinking? What causes them to be frustrated and want to quit nursing even when they love taking care of people? What makes nurses stay, even when it feels like everything is against them? In 'A Nurses Story', you'll discover the answer.
The words in this book give voice to the millions of men and women who care for us and our loved ones every day in our most vulnerable times. ‘A Nurses Story’ is their story.
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