Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A teenager with true Christmas spirit

Today at work I had a patient who was a fifteen year old hispanic male. As we were waiting in between dilation drops I asked him if he was excited about Christmas. He said, "Oh, yes. I bought presents for all my sisters and my family. But I told my Mom and everyone not to buy anything for me. We don't have a lot and I want to make sure everyone gets something for Christmas this year."
His response tore my heart out and I wanted to start bawling right there. Not only is this boy so generous, he broke his glasses two weeks ago and has been walking around blind. And here I was being ba hum bug about the holiday season and he was being so self less and mindful of his family's happiness on Christmas day.


  1. That makes me teary too! What a sweet boy.

    Merry Christmas Anita!

  2. What a lovely child and a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  3. That's a great example of why I love working with kids. They really, really get it!

    Have a fabulous Christmas :)

  4. I'm with Jemi - high school kids can be so great! I love them. :)

    Merry Christmas (and no more bah-hum-bugs) ;-)

  5. As the mother of two teens I can certainly tell you that selfless and teenager are an oxymoron. The fact that you met one who puts the people he loves first, is a wonderful blessing. I hope this holiday season brings good things for him. Also merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you.


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  7. Thats touching.
    In fact there are some who silently do their bit without any complaint.