Waiting

The Kaiser Care Clinics in Bartell’s Drug Stores are a boon. I had symptoms that indicated I needed an ear wash. This clinic makes it so easy to just drop in to be seen for this sort of minor thing.

I was second in line. She greeted me as I sat down. Thinking she had a cold or flu, I thanked her for wearing a mask. I haven’t had it so appreciate those who protect the rest of us. But she said, “I have to”. I didn’t inquire further, but my background in medical work led me to speculate she might be immune-suppressed for some reason.

She seemed anxious, meditatively moving her the fingers of her hand over the purse in her lap.

I hoped for the best for her. She seemed to be smiling as she left the office after being seen. I hope it was a good outcome.

My ear wash resolved my symptoms. Ahh, relief.

Sketched in a 3×5 Field Notes Workshop Companion.  This paper is heavier than usual Field Notes so takes a bit of watercolor.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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