Friday, December 10, 2010
Student Nurses at Play
I posted the center photograph of my mother, Audrey Meinzen Doyle, earlier this year in a story about her nursing school days. In that photo, my mom is on the right. The only other student nurse I know is her friend, Leona Paine Tuxford, who is in the center in that photo. I assumed they were enjoying a joke (as indeed they were).
This week Leona's daughter found my blog because I'd posted some other photos of her parents and named them. It was a pleasant surprise when she contacted me. We began corresponding and she shared the photographs on the left and right as well as the story behind them.
She wrote, "From what I remember of my mom's description of the nursing school prank -- for some reason there was a police car in front of the nursing school and the girls thought it would be funny to hug Mom as if she was being arrested and then send her off in the squad car." Can't you just imagine the conversation that flew back and forth and the ensuing laughter?
I was surprised to learn that my mother would be involved in such a prank because she was such a serious person, at least when I knew her. But perhaps youth is generally more light-hearted and age brings maturity and a more serious outlook.
The other surprising thing is that they weren't arrested for "playing" around a police car, as surely young people would be these days. Times have certainly changed over the past 70 years.
Though these photographs are not crystal clear with fabulous lighting, I'm thrilled to have copies of them for the simple reason that they capture a few moments in the life of my mother at a time when she was enjoying herself with friends. Sometimes slightly imperfect images hold value for the story they tell, not just for the beauty or perfection of the images themselves. It is so with these photographs.
To Leona's Daughter, a grateful thank you for contacting me and for sharing both the photographs and the story. I appreciate it.
I invite you to enjoy other bloggers' Sepia Saturday photographs and descriptions.