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“In 1492, he sailed the ocean blue…”

October 5, 2012

Among the many holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries we celebrate each year, there are for each of us days that are particularly special. It is the “special” days that touch us the most deeply and that we cherish the memories of most dearly. It may come as a surprise to you that for me Columbus Day is a “special” day! It is not because I revere the man, Christopher Columbus, or his discovery of the Americas, but because the designation of this holiday enabled the creation of a most warm and meaningful memory.

Through the years of my youth, it was Columbus Day that allowed my mother a day off from work and inspired the retail shops to run the appropriately named Columbus Day Sales. The combination of those two events meant my sister and I got our new winter coats.

As I write this, I am there once again between the racks of warm winter coats. My mother combing through the racks looking for that classic navy blue, double-breasted, wool Pea Coat. When once found was dutifully modeled by my sister and me. I can hear my mother’s voice – “go ahead – walk, turn around…how does it feel?”

It always felt great! The time we spent together on Columbus Day. The symbolism of my mother’s warmth and love in the purchase of a coat meant to protect us is powerful.

Well, those years are long past. My mother is no longer here to keep the ritual alive. Even if she were here, the family lives in Florida now. And that fact, doesn’t lend itself to a need to buy many coats.

By now you are probably asking yourself, what does this have to do with workforce management in healthcare?

The answer is pretty simple – absolutely nothing!

The name of this blog is – “Time to Care”. I just wanted to share a memory of a very special day that for me expresses the realization of a “time to care”.

If you work for an organization that recognizes Columbus Day as a holiday, think about making it a memory!

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