“ . . . for Scott . . .”

His diagnosis saddened the entire school. A third grade boy had a medical disorder which would require chemotherapy.  After a period of time he was able to return to his classroom, with many safety precautions in place due to his lowered immunity.

I completed sessions with his classmates on proper hand washing before his return and these were reinforced throughout the year. His classroom teachers were diligent in allowing the children time to practice their hand washing several times a day. Extra cleaning was done of the desks and commonly used objects each day. All families were asked to make certain no child came to school with any sign of illness.

I’ve thought about Scott and his classmates many times over these past few months.  I can still picture them as they left the restrooms on their way to lunch, their hands held up in front of them—looking like a group of surgeons all scrubbed in for an operation!

One day I encountered such a group and commented about what a great job they were doing. One smiling, freckle-faced boy replied, “I don’t really like to do it Nurse Flemr, but I just keep telling myself that I am doing it for Scott, and that makes me wash them better.” 

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.

2 thoughts on ““ . . . for Scott . . .”

  1. Sue,

    Today is my 88th birthday. This entry in your wonderful series of posts beings back so many memories of all the wonderful children and families and teachers we worked with at PLS. I think we truly did instill in the children an attitude of our responsibility to make life better for others. Sad as this whole situation was, as with all things, good did come out of it in ways we now look back on and thanks to you recall.



    1. Oh, I so agree that there was a sense of doing for one another conveyed to the children..especially by all of you in the classrooms where you modeled interpersonal relations so well. I will always be grateful for those ten years of my professional life. Thanks so much for your comments, Judy!


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