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Angels among us

April E. Clark
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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My friend Megan inspires me.

She does this often, in many ways. As a pediatric nurse, for one. She’s also one of the funniest people I know. And I hang around a lot of comics.

So that’s saying something.



I like to think I have a good sense of humor when it comes to life. This mostly helps in the dating world, which has provided me with enough material to write jokes long into my mid-life crisis-inducing years. Let’s just say dating is not my thing.

I really wish I could buy that red convertible now.



Unlike the self-deprecating humor I use as a personal coping mechanism, Megan uses her wit to focus on people other than herself. She is funny in order to help others feel good.

This is especially important because she is a nurse. It’s also vital because she’s a mom. And we all know if mothers didn’t take the time to laugh, the world would be a dark place. Who wouldn’t laugh at a dreadful diaper explosion at the grocery store?

After the fact, of course.

Megan primarily works with young post-op patients coming right out of surgery. Mostly they’re kids, with the occasional adult in the mix.

That’s a tough job and somebody has to do it. That somebody has to be somebody other than me, because I get a tingly feeling any time I step into a hospital. This, I’ve heard, is because of the anxiety. Or maybe I feel the tingles (most definitely a medical term there) because I’m close to passing out, since I don’t deal with blood or sutures well.

Suffice to say, I would not make a suitable medical professional.

Megan wasn’t always a nurse. She joined the field after her kids were school-aged. But it seems like she was always a mom. We met many moons ago, and really became close as we were entering that 22-year-old college-graduation phase of life. That’s when our biggest worries were where we would find those first jobs out of college and the best places to go dancing.

We had our priorities.

Soon marriages followed. Then, for most of my girlfriends including Megan, babies began to arrive. Most of the babies were boys. I always thought if I had kids, the trend would follow. Except I always pictured myself with twins. They turned out to be boy dogs instead.

Yes, that is as Crazy Dog Lady as it sounds.

Megan’s boys are about as sweet as can be. They are also funny and polite – sometimes these two do not go hand-in-hand. Megan has taught her boys to respect others, especially their elders. And she stresses the importance of helping others. Before Thanksgiving, Megan, her husband and their boys donated their time at a shelter to help feed the homeless.

I could learn a thing or two from her.

And, this Christmas, Megan has taught her boys to use a portion of their allowances as donations to a charity of their choice. How many kids will be doing that this year?

That is not meant to be a punch line.

This holiday season, I’m taking time to thank my friends like Megan, who uses laughter as medicine and good values to lead her boys into life as adults.

So many friends inspire me in so many ways that I might not get to them all before December ends. But I want the people I love to know I am a better person because of them. Especially when they help me laugh.

Even if it’s at myself.

April E. Clark will be seeing some of her oldest friends in Indiana soon for the holidays. You know who you are. Her column appears every Wednesday in the Post Independent. She can be reached at aprilelizabethclark@ yahoo.com.


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