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...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
To all to whom these proceedings may come, Welcome:
I have a new dress and a new degree today, O Best Beloved. The dress is blue, the hood is green, and the degree comes in a bright red cardboard diploma tube. It's all there; I have it now; I'm done.

And I sat in the endless row of 260-some graduates of my medical school and I listened to name after name, compared notes with M who was sitting next to me. We were at our first center together, we are not-quite-friends but we are kind to each other. I have stayed at his apartment when I needed a place to go; he finds in me a political confidant of sorts. We spoke, softly, laughed, gave a glance at the program to see where each familiar face (not all of them, only some in our class of so many were people we knew) was going. He will be transitioning for a year, then to anaesthesia. Different worlds.
They introduced each of us as "doctor" as we walked across the stage, stood to be hooded, continued to receive our diploma tubes. It had a strange and somehow familiar ring, although I remembered it differently: Doctora. Doctor. Docere, Latin, to teach. This degree has its roots in teaching, though our modified Hippocratic Oath no longer containes a promise to teach those who wish to learn free of charge. And I was reminded today, yesterday, all days, that I must be a teacher - of medicine, of humanity, of love and compassion and humility - if I am to fulfill the promise of my charter.

Angel is proud of me, so very proud that his eyes shine with it; his voice softens when he congratulates me. It makes me glad. I am standing in the pictures beside a man who has fought with me and for me, held me up when I needed it and reminded me of my essential humanity when that was in danger. He has wiped my tears and held my hand as I wept for wasted lives and ones well-lived. He has listened to my rambling lectures on esoteric topics and he has learned when I lectured, I do not have to repeat myself very often. I have an extraordinary husband and he too will do extraordinary things. We shall see.

So much to do now, I must get to phone calling.

now feeling:: excited excited

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minsies From: minsies Date: May 9th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
tyomniye From: tyomniye Date: May 9th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Yay! *does a happy dance*
amasashi From: amasashi Date: May 9th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congratulations Nykki!!
fyrfitrmedic From: fyrfitrmedic Date: May 9th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congrats, Doc!
jays_princess From: jays_princess Date: May 9th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
congratulations. such a huge accomplishment, and i'm very proud of you! i know that may not mean much as we don't know each other in person, but i really am proud of you. :)
unrequitedangst From: unrequitedangst Date: May 9th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congratulations! ^^
daxayl From: daxayl Date: May 9th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)

a doctor now huh.....

Watch out world.....

I'd say congratulations, but....its already been said. I'd say good luck, but...as with anything you put your heart and mind into....luck has no part of it. So, best wishes and may the future continue to be as bright for you as the light you will bring into the lives of those you work with, for and on.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: May 9th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)

Re: a doctor now huh.....

I have something of yours, wyatt. :)
daxayl From: daxayl Date: May 10th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

Re: a doctor now huh.....

something of mine.......*looks about lost as he wonders what he has lost*
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: May 10th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

Re: a doctor now huh.....

plastic bin of batik or silkscreened fabrics?
daxayl From: daxayl Date: May 13th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

Re: a doctor now huh.....

ah, yesh....should arrange a time to grab it. won't be easy with you in japan and all that.
From: broken_onewon1 Date: May 9th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congrats! Doctor Nykki :)
triggertrogger From: triggertrogger Date: May 9th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
A big hip-hip-hooray and uber congrats to you! You've earned it all and you're going to be a great doctor. :)
culfinriel From: culfinriel Date: May 9th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
congratulations from a fellow wanderer!
dempcat From: dempcat Date: May 10th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
You are so amazing! Congratulations!
dayzdark From: dayzdark Date: May 10th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
We're all proud of you, Nykki.
piccolopixie From: piccolopixie Date: May 10th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

What up, doc

Congrats, sweetie! I'm so happy for you! :)
albionschild From: albionschild Date: May 10th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
May you, dear Doctor, enjoy life and art. May your skill and compassion blossom in the coming years. Teach and teach well.

Macte medica, macte virtute esto!

mydestination From: mydestination Date: May 10th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congratulations!! :D
ellisande From: ellisande Date: May 10th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)

Congrats, Lady. :)
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