I had a classmate in medical school, who was very soft spoken, quiet and kept to herself, and studied very hard. She came from a humble home; her father was a mathematics teacher at a local school. She was not fashion conscious nor was she vying for attention. Just a simple girl, with long hair in a plait, who talked only when she was talked to.
Within a month of joining the school, I realized that I had serious competition in her. While I passed my exams and would get a B+ or an A, she would get an A+ or Distinction! All of us were running to catch up with her. She was a genius, and humbled me and all of our other classmates.
On the day before Graduation, there was a ceremony where awards were given out, and the Dean of the school had her stand up, and praised her and talked about how she had made each and every department head proud with her achievements. She received accolades along with awards for so many subjects. Our entire class gave her a standing ovation, and I remember looking at her, and thinking to myself, “Look at her, her head bent, her eyes down cast, with a gentle smile on her face. She didn’t look haughty, or arrogant, and was the picture of humility and grace. Such an unassuming person!” I know if I had got half as many awards as she got, I would have walked around like a peacock!
Saramma (Sara) got married, and came here soon after I did in the late sixties. I think she came in 1970. She did residency in Hematology and Fellowship in Oncology from Emory University. After working in places like Minneapolis, Atlanta, Wyoming, she and her family settled down in Des Moines Iowa. I knew she was there, but had never contacted her or kept in touch. Recently, after we found out about Dave, my son in law’s cancer, I had written to her to get her opinion. She has been in touch with me ever since.
And today she and her husband came to visit me.
She is the same Saramma, same smile, and except for graying of her hair which she has cut short, there is no change in her at all. We spent so many hours talking, and reliving our youth. I felt such a deep, and sincere attachment to her and felt humbled by her presence in my home. It had been almost fifty years since I had talked to her, and today, it felt like we had never stopped talking. We took up where we had left, it seemed. My heart feels so good right now.
With Sara and her husband Alex.
Beautiful lady with talent beyond compare!