Doesn’t it seem the elder ones
always know what to do?
Raised by my grandparents,
I can count on one hand my trips to the hospital.
People today forget simple things,
things they would find me insane for doing.
Such as the time, I was stung by a bee,
my memory is vague, too young to recall
what type it was.
Seems I can remember that burning though.
My grandfather pulled the stinger out
while my grandmother mixed baking soda
with water and used a butter knife to
doctor my swollen foot up.
Pulled the burning right out,
up and running again.
Also have a memory of being so young
with a croup cough I don’t remember
being that bad.
My grandmother took a tablespoon,
poured a small amount
of my grandfather’s brown bourbon in it.
She used sugar to doctor the taste down.
Taste buds still know that taste
of a slight burn but terrific sugar.
Like magic the coughing was gone.
Sure she done other things
that my mind doesn’t bring forth.
I do remember both my girls
having painful sounding coughs.
My grandmother had long been deceased.
As I gave them their breathing treatments
prescribed to them and held them
in a bathroom full of steam formed
from hot water running, I
rocked them back and forth
wishing I had held onto my grandparent’s wisdom.
@ donetta sifford 2-26-2013
a : an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church —called also doctor of the church
b : a learned or authoritative teacher
c : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university
d : a person awarded an honorary doctorate (as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university
a : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially :one (as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice
b : medicine man
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