Sabrina is one of my closest friends in the whole wide world. I love this girl to death. She is my sister. We've been through thick and thin together- the happiest of times and the times I'd rather not mention, she's been there.
Sabrina has quiet, unwavering determination. We met during first few days of our freshman year in college- so young, thought we were so grown, but full of hopes and dreams for futures. One of the goals we shared was to become a physician. Due to various circumstances, some legitimate and rooted in fear and a lack of confidence, our shared goal got derailed. We both decided to travel a different path than we thought we'd take. But Sabrina never let her dream completely distinguish, and several years after graduating college, she decided to go for it. She took all the prerequisites, took the MCAT, applied to Medical schools, and was accepted to a number of schools. Long story short, she is now a pediatrician. The road hasn't been easy by any means, but she's met each challenge and triumph with grace and humility. I really could not be more proud of her.
Sabrina recently came to visit for a brief vacation, and she brought a very special surprise for my daughter. If you ask my daughter what she wants to be when she grows up, she'll tell you without hesitation that she wants to be a doctor like her "Auntie Sabrina". So, when Sabrina came to town, she brought along her prized stethoscope-one that she uses everyday to care for children and one that was decorated in beautiful beading by members of a Native American tribe that she encountered while on a medical service trip. My daughter was in awe of the instrument and even a bit nervous to use it. I am so glad I got to document this lovely exchange between the two of them.
Here is that story in pictures.