“. . . I peed . . .”

I felt happy that day in my brand new outfit . . . so nurse-like and professional . . .

But then, she burst through the office door—a short round bundle of wet, wrinkled, sand-covered clothes. Her face was sweaty, her hair damp and tangled, her nose runny and her red-rimmed eyes streaming. As I turned in my chair to greet her, she launched her 5-year-old body into my lap. Between sobs she managed to say, “I fell off the monkey bars . . . I peed.”

As Lizzie settled in, I felt the wetness through my lightweight navy slacks. Her sandy arms and wet face pressed against my crisp white blouse. The odor of urine was strong.

A confession: At that moment I did not feel caring concern! I actually felt the urge to push her off my lap. Lizzie needed my arms around her in comfort, my encouragement to tell her story, my help in bathing and selecting some clean donated clothing from my closet. She needed a fresh start to her day.

Oh, I’d like to tell you it was my compassion that led me to do the things Lizzie needed—but, in my confession I must tell you—it was the universal love you and I share in this world. It is a powerful unconditional love, which strengthens us as we care for one another, when we feel inadequate or even repulsed.

Held for a while on my lap, bathed and dressed in fresh clothes, hair combed, Lizzie smiled broadly, ran out the door and yelled back, “Thanks, Nurse Flemr.”

I too needed some cleaning up as I reflected upon the morning miracle.

Published by Susan Flemr

Retired former nurse and former Lutheran pastor. Happily living with her husband of 53 years in Des Moines Iowa. Two married sons and their beautiful families in Nichols, IA and Colorado Springs, CO.

5 thoughts on ““. . . I peed . . .”

  1. Oh, my, Sue. This is one of the best. Especially about the effect of unconditional love on our way of conducting our lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us these examples of how it manifests itself in what we do.


  2. Sue,

    I just wrote a reply to this from my heart and I hope it got to you. I am not sure about how to use these kinds of things, but I tried.

    But, it said this is one of your best and I appreciated so much how unconditional love strenghtens us and impacts our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with.

    Keep doing this. It is so needed in this troubled world.



  3. You have the gift! It’s not the meds all the time. It’s loving contact and caring. Thank you for caring for so many children.


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