“I’m Mrs. George Fillis from Kernville,” the woman said nervously, “and I’m forty-eight years old… I know I’m not the brightest bulb,” she said, her face pink with shame, “that’s what my husband and kids always say—and yet last week when you said osmosis was the movement of a less concentrated solvent through a semipermeable membrane to another more concentrated solvent, I found myself wondering if… well…”
“Go on,” said Elizabeth Zott.
“Well, if my leg edema might not be a by-product of faulty hydraulic conductivity combined with an irregular osmotic reflection coefficient of plasma proteins. What do you think?”
“A very detailed diagnosis, Mrs. Fillis,” Elizabeth said. “What kind of medicine do you practice?”
“Oh,” the woman stumbled, “no, I’m not a doctor. I’m just a housewife.”
“There isn’t a woman in the world who is JUST a housewife,” Elizabeth said. “What else do you do?”
“Nothing. A few hobbies. I like to read medical journals.”
“Interesting. What else?”
“Yes. I have five boys. They’re always tearing holes in themselves.”
“And when you were their age, you envisioned yourself becoming…”
“A loving wife and mother.”
“An open-heart surgeon,” the woman said before she could stop herself.
The room filled with a thick silence, the weight of her dream hanging like too-wet laundry on a windless day. Open-heart surgery?
For a moment, it seemed as if the entire world was waiting for the laughter that should follow. But then, from the room came a single unexpected clap—immediately followed by another—and then another—and soon the whole audience was on their feet and someone called out, “Dr. Fillis, heart surgeon,” and the clapping became thunderous.
“No, no,” the woman insisted above the noise. “I was only kidding. I can’t actually do that. Anyway, it’s too late.”
“It’s never too late,” Elizabeth insisted.
“But I couldn’t. Can’t.”
“Because it’s hard.”
“And raising five boys isn’t?”
“You REALLY think I could do it?” she asked, her voice trembling.
(story excerpt taken from pages 259-261 in “Lessons In Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus)
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