40 years ago

Attended a 40 year reunion event this weekend with the girls I started my nurse training with in 1978. We were all 18 years old and very timid but a lot has changed since then. Had a great time with them and wrote this poem to celebrate the event.

 

We came to London all naïve, 40 years ago

We learnt about life together amongst the ebb and flow

Where once we were so shy and quiet we soon saw all of life

And soon had much experience of gore and pain and strife

 

We worked so hard as nurses and tried our very best

We saw some sights and learnt some facts and put them to the test

The hours were long and arduous, we didn’t shirk you know

We all were very dedicated but often tears would flow

 

It was so very different to what most had known before

We grew up very quickly amongst the blood and gore

But in amongst the hard work and toil we found the time to laugh

And most of us enjoyed ourselves as we walked along our path

 

Back then it was a calling, a need to help the sick

We went to make a difference, compassion made us tick

We worked so hard for all those years and finally made the grade

We qualified and moved away and only few have stayed

 

A few still practice nursing but most do other things

Our time together is so much fun and laughter soars on wings

But one thing still unites us all and each had stuff to say

About their loving families and how that shows the way

 

We came to London all naïve, 40 years ago

We learnt about life together amongst the ebb and flow

We’re now all grown and experienced in all that’s gone before

But still have things in common and strive to learn some more