“It is well for the heart to be naive, and the mind not to be.” ~ Anatole France
I remember feeling slighted. It seemed like all the kids in the neighborhood had their tonsils and adenoids removed except me. As a child, it didn’t matter to me that I had lived through pioneering heart surgery, I still wished I could get my tonsils out like many of my buddies.
Apparently, according to this article, twice as many tonsillectomies were performed in the 1950s and 1960s as today. http://seattletimes.com/html/health/2015264059_med10.html.
To a kid, getting tonsils and adenoids removed meant eating ice cream! And lots of it! Ice cream was one of the few foods that I really adored when I was growing up. And to go to the soda fountain counter at S.S. Kresges or Reads Drugstore for a scoop in an ice cold silver dish with a doily between the dish and a small saucer was a special treat.
Remember the litttle plastic cups of ice cream with the wooden spoons? They reminded me of tongue depressors the doctors used. And then there were the ice-cream pop-ups.
In my memoir I share both a child’s perspective of my “operation” at Johns Hopkins and my adult insight into why perhaps I fared so well.
This blog brought to you by author Sue Batton Leonard. Her memoir, “an anthology of short stories,” is a two-time award winner in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Book Awards. For information and ordering, please follow this link.
Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected is available in audio book (that holds the real treasure), paperback and e-book.