The Importance of Helping Others
“A new doctor is opening his clinic in our neighbourhood,” says Rocky. “Yes, mom told me about it,” adds Jennifer. “I wonder what he looks like,” dreams Lindsay. “I’m sure he will have a strict face,” says little Melissa. “Well, we will know when we meet him,” reasons Jason.
Next morning, the gang troops to ‘Cherry Street,’ where the new clinic is opening. They see a young man standing outside a building. Above the doorstep, is written, ‘Dr. Robert’s Clinic’. They reach the man and ask, “Sir, are you the new doctor?” “Yes kids, I am. Do you live in this neighbourhood?” he asks.
“We live on ‘Mango Street,” replies Jason. “That’s good to know cause I’m new here and don’t know many people living here. You are my first real acquaintances and I hope all of you will be my friends too,” speaks the doctor, smiling broadly. He shakes hands with Rocky, Jason, Jennifer, Lindsay, and Melissa.
“Come in and have a look at my brand new clinic,” invites the doctor. The kids follow him inside and eight-year-old Melissa observes, “Wow doc, your clinic is very nice. It doesn’t even smell like hospitals.” “Thanks miss. It’s good to get your approval,” laughs the doctor. Rocky, who is a year older, says, “Yes this place smells really nice.”
Eleven-year-old Jason looks at the charts on the walls and wants to know who made them. “My sister is a doctor as well as an artist. She made them,” smiles the doctor. His ten-year-old sister, Jenny observes, “Wow, she is amazing.”
Lindsay who shares her birthday with her best friend Jennifer wants to meet the doctor’s sister. “She will be visiting soon. You can meet her then,” smiles the doctor.
The gang leaves after some time, promising to see the doctor soon. “I hope we visit you as friends and not as patients,” worries little Melissa. The others laugh. After about a week, the friends decide to visit the doctor at his clinic. They go in after the doctor calls out ‘come in’ to their knock.
“Hello, children! How nice of you to pay me a visit. I was at my wit’s end deciding how to pass the time. Come here, I have some toffees for you,” says the doctor smiling broadly. “How many patients did you treat doctor?” questions Jason. “Not many. Only two who had an emergency. I think people are missing their old doctor, whom I have replaced and they don’t feel comfortable coming to me,” answers the doctor.
“Yes, Doctor Bernard was very popular with the people around here, but he was getting old and wanted to retire and rest. Don’t worry, more people will approach you soon,” observes Lindsay.
Soon after, the children bid goodbye to the doctor and head over to the park. They played for some time and getting tired sat on the park’s bench to rest. “I wish we could do something to get more patients to visit Dr. Robert. He looked sad with nothing much to do,” says Melissa.
“Actually, most of Dr. Bernard’s patients are visiting the next town for treatment,” says Jenny. “I know, mom told me about this,” adds Lindsay. “Well, what can we do to help get more patients to visit Dr. Robert,” asks Rocky, with a frown. “I know what we can do. Wipe off that serious look from your face pal,” enthuses Jason.
“Tell us bro, what’s your plan?” asks his sister Jenny. “I think we should personally go to each of our neighbours and others in this town and let them know what a nice, kind, charming man he is. We will tell them about his cheerful, clean and well-equipped clinic. They should visit him when they get sick instead of going to the next town,” plans Jason.
“Wow, that’s a jolly good idea pal,” enthuses Rocky. “People will believe when we talk to them and Dr. Robert will not sit idle, waiting for patients,” exclaims Jenny. “When do we start on our mission of helping our new friend?” asks Lindsay. “Let’s go right now,” shouts Melissa, jumping up from the park bench. “No silly, not now. We will start tomorrow morning,” smiles Jason.
The children go to each and every house and talk to the people. They convince them to try the new clinic. Mr. Gilbert promises to go to the new doctor soon to get help for his recurring cold and cough. Mrs. Angela Anderson is pleased to learn about the new clinic.
“I was wondering what to do when I need some medical help. It is difficult for me to travel to the next town when required. Thanks, children for the information. I will surely visit Dr. Robert when I want to get my checkup next,” she says, smiling.
In a fortnight, Dr. Robert is surprised to receive a handful of patients. All the visitors greet the doctor in a friendly manner and go back satisfied with his treatment.
One day, Mrs. Fiona Greenbush comes to the clinic. She is greeted by the doctor. She introduces herself and says, I have sprained my ankle doctor. I’m in pain,” Dr. Robert helps her and she feels much better. While leaving, she observes, “I must say, the children were quite right about you, doctor. You are a fine person and a very capable physician.”
“Thanks, Mrs. G. I’m happy to help you any time, day or night. In an emergency, please contact me at my residence. Here’s my card,” says the doctor, smiling broadly.
Next evening, the doctor meets the gang while taking a stroll in the park. “Thanks, children. I hear you have been trying to get me more patients. I fully appreciate your efforts. I’m no longer sitting idle. I would like to treat you to ice cream at the parlour. Can you meet me on Sunday morning? Do take your parents’ permission first,” says the doctor, making the faces of his new found friends shine with anticipation.
After the treat, the friends go home talking and laughing. “I’m glad we could help get more patients for Dr. Robert,” says Jason, happily. “Me too,” chorus the others
“I’m glad we could help get more patients for Dr. Robert,” says Jason, happily. “Me too,” chorused the others.
VALUE IN FOCUS: Helping Others
CELEBRATING DOCTOR’S DAY, 2017
Written By: Amita is a Storyteller and a spiritual writer.
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