Friday, January 16, 2009

Another Day in Paradise


Summit County, Colorado Independent

Just Another Day In Paradise

What a wonderful day in the Colorado high country. It was around zero when I got up around 3 am but by the time I went to work at the clinic it was all the way up to 5 degrees. Chrystal clear skies with the sun just breaking the horizon. So very nice to know that the days are getting longer. Makes our dark, cold, windy, snowy days more tolerable.

Due to the turn down in the economy I went to work at the Summit Community Care Clinic about three months ago. That is in addition to teaching at Colorado Mountain College. This semester I am teaching Contemporary World History, Sociology II and American Government.

Here is a secret just between you and I. I would pay them to work at the clinic rather than have them pay me. What a kick. Because of confidentiality issues I can't really tell you the great stories but take my word for it they are great.

The best part of the whole deal are the children. From new born babies to 12 year olds. They cannot get services if they have insurance or make too much money. So they are uninsured and poor. They are the heart of America. The come from Russia, Poland, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina and all points in between. They are here to work and make money to survive just like you and I.

I grew up in a poor family in Iowa. My dad was a school custodian and my mother was a stay at home mom. The real kicker is that I grew up not knowing I was poor. I was just as well dressed and well fed as anyone in town. I was an adult before I found out that I grew up poor.

I am sure that the kids who come into the clinic do not know they are poor either. Their moms and dads come with them and they all dress up to come see the doctor. They are so happy and so proud. Sometimes I want to cry seeing their smiling faces.

They are so polite and well mannered. Believe it or not the men and women who grew up in the United States are the most difficult to deal with. They feel that low cost health care is an entitlement and they are not grateful in the least for the gift they get at the clinic. I am proud of our foreign workers but ashamed of many of our Americans. The Americans could learn a lot from the workers about being polite and grateful.

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"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." Denis Waitley

GARY MARTIN LINDSTROM
138 Lakeview Circle West
Breckenridge, CO 80424-8941

970-485-0295

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