Nothing, but nothing irritates me more than a “bored” child. Had we tried that line on our parents we would have been spading gardens or setting up a croquet game or any of the stuff parents had in reserve.
I’m good at finding jobs, and these kids have turned out to be quite cheerful job tacklers. No one has tried the bored line, yet.
Way back in early spring the high school sent out a notice of Summa taking applications for summer “interns.” So you relate to that at once, in our day they were “candy strippers”, and Summa is one of the two major hospital systems in the greater Akron area.
The screening process may have been rigorous back then; it certainly is now. A multi page application, complete with an essay. Screening meetings, orientation meetings, TB testing, ID badges. Teenagers with ID badges, for crying out loud. It’s a new world; I shake my head. It’s the way it is for them. And, it is a hospital.
For the first screening meeting I told Hamilton and Emily they needed tan khaki trousers and nice shirts. That was OK with Hamilton, but Emily is a little too fond of “skinny” jeans and tees. There was a bit of persuasion required. Then the directive from Summa, business casual required. Emily double checked at school to confirm business casual, and she and Hamilton went shopping.
My heart went pitty pat when I dropped them for the screening and my two business casual grand kids walked away. I cursed forgetting my camera (this before I knew how to take pictures on my phone!).
Today is their first day, noon to four. Hamilton will be calling out-patients to remind them of appointments; Emily will be filing in “Wound Management.” Driving them to St. Thomas I warned them, “There will be pictures.” Yea, we know, gramma.
“Well, I’ll just be the grandmother who ruined your teenage years, because there will be pictures.”
And Emily, bless her little heart, said “It’s not like ‘this is a picture moment’, and you whip out the camera. You tell a story. Like that biography you found of your great grandfather and I took it to school for my genealogy project.”
Now, if they just stop saying “like!”
My Aunt Ruth, IHM, was a nurse, and worked at St. Thomas long, long ago, when it was the Catholic hospital. Emily’s middle name is Ruth. Aunt Ruth would be proud.
So, our summer is settling out. Emily has lots of library volunteering and Summa. Hamilton has being commandeered by his sister, Summa, and McDonalds, to pay his car insurance. Laura makes bird houses with Uncle Tom and goes to the library.
In July Emily is going to State College, Pennsylvania, to help Linda at a major art show at Penn State. Hamilton is going to church camp. Band camp at the end of July, and then school starts in August. Hard to believe, and there will be pictures.