By Laurel Richardson
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I appraise the tall, dark, nervous-looking stranger at my door. He is twentyish, tall, well-scrubbed and dapperly dressed in a dark blue suit that looks new, a light blue shirt and blue-striped tie. Not exactly a romance-novel hero. “Your tie and shirt look very good together, Brandon,” I say. I enjoy complimenting men on their sartorial choices. When I do so, their chests expand, they cock their heads, and look pleased. As commenting on any student’s clothing when I was a professor could be interpreted as “sexual harassment” because of the power-differential, I never complimented my students on their clothing choices.
Another memoirist, comes. “I brought you apples. ” “I’m just here for a few minutes,” Cheryl says, coming into my room as my memoir-writing friends leave. ” Cheryl is a dear friend, a psychiatric nurse. Maybe I need her. I’m feeling odd. She’s bundled up in her signature purple jacket, gloves, and Icelandic hat. ” I ask. Then I realize that Christmas was only a couple of weeks ago. It is early in January. My grip on the calendar seems to be loosening. The gift is wrapped in purple-glittery paper with a little silver ornament upon which Cheryl has penned my name.
Okay,” he says. ” “You’re good at math,” I comment, as Jamal wheels me back to my room. ” “Yes. I’ve had three years of pre-med. ” Jamal smiles, then laughs and guffaws. I laugh, too. His jitteriness is gone. “My granddaughter procrastinates some, too,” I say. ” “I get that,” Jamal says. “I realized I didn’t want to be a doctor. ” I ask. ” Ring ring ring. ” My older brother Barrie’s voice. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. As a little boy, he was shy and introverted. To build his confidence, and “bring him out,” 30 Laurel Richardson Father introduced him to doing magic tricks.
After a Fall: A Sociomedical Sojourn by Laurel Richardson