We sit together, her thoughtfully nibbling on a plate of Oreo cookies and sipping chocolate milk from one of my favorite mugs.
Is this your cup, Mima?
Yes, it is.
What’s that? :::points at the stethoscope:::
It’s a stethoscope. I use it when I am at work taking care of tiny, sick babies.
That’s cuz you’re a nurse!
That’s right! Perhaps someday, when you grow up, you can be a nurse too and I will give you my stethoscope.
Hmmm… :::takes another sip of chocolate milk::: Nah!
:::shakes her head no:::
At least not yet.
I remain ever hopeful.
You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is. -Thom Dick