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Nurses Three: Tracy’s Little People

by Jean Kirby (1965)
Nurses Three: Tracy's Little People

A beautiful day, a lovely setting, nothing to worry about except getting off to a good start in her new job at Children’s Hospital — Tracy Scott had seldom been more pleased with her life, more eager for whatever the day would bring. And then in a period of seconds, her world changed drastically, horribly. She was launched on an adventure that would test her nursing ability, her courage, her self-confidence, to the utmost.

In the weeks that followed, Tracy was faced with overwhelming problems. How could she ease the sorrow of Dave Mathers, make little Tim Mathers wish to live again? How could she win the respect of Miss Burke, the cold and hostile superintendent of nurses? And how could she defend herself against an accusation so terrible that it could end her career as a nurse, even send her to prison?

Tracy learns more about life and about herself than she had dreamed possible, among the little people, and the big ones, at Children’s Hospital.

Jesus Doesn’t Love Him

Here’s the picture:

Jesus Doesn't Love Him

And here’s the conversation that accompanied it:

Zoë: Hey, Dad, here’s a picture I drew for you in Sunday School.

Me: Zoë, I can’t help but notice that everyone in the picture is smiling except for this one little boy. Why is he frowning?

Zoë: He’s sad because Jesus doesn’t love him.

Me: But…um…Zoë…Jesus loves everyone.

She just looked at me and shrugged her shoulders like there was nothing she could do about it. Jesus didn’t love him…and that was that.

Nurse Molly’s Search

by Polly Mark (1978)
Nurse Molly's Search

Never once during her growing-up years did Molly Patten feel other than a lovely American girl. She accepted her curly black hair, her golden skin, and her slightly upturned eyes as easily as she accepted the fact that she had no family other than her adoptive aunt Ruth Patten. And although Molly loved Ruth’s stories of missionary life in Singapore, never did she link herself with that romantic city. So it was with much surprise that Molly learned, shortly after her graduation from nursing school, that her parents’ had lived and married in Singapore, and that her father, a Chinese doctor, might be living there still.

After Ruth’s death, Molly decided to leave her hometown in Maine for a visit to exotic Singapore, to try to find out more about the father who had given her up when she was a baby. Little did she know that while she was there she would be called upon to practice her specialty — geriatric nursing — in the home of the much respected Dr. David Lee. Nor did she guess how much she would come to care for the lovely city and the people, especially young Dr. Peter Devon, the handsome ward of Dr. Lee.

Molly’s search for her heritage leads her to adventure and romance in the exotic Orient.