What Is Her Name?

During my second month of internship in Medicine, our professor gave us a pop quiz.

I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the College?”

Surely this was some kind of joke.

I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 40s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

Absolutely, said the professor. “In your career you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello”. I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Kathy.

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7 Responses to What Is Her Name?

  1. Mubarek September 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM #


  2. abdallah August 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM #

    The Holy Quran clearly reveals the major purpose of making mankind as peoples and tribes to let recognize each other

  3. Ajmal Akhtar August 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM #

    It is a good / effective example to draw attention towards this important aspect of the required human behavior. Thanks

  4. sharif123 August 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM #

    These type of observation make us different from each other

    • Mahi August 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM #


  5. ADEGOKE WAHAB August 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

    You are closer with some people with less details about them

  6. anu August 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM #

    Wel said..
    A person is educated or not, literate or not… does not matter… cos everybody has right to live and lead life in a dignified manner.. A little care and affection shown towards others matters and changes a life… gives a sense of satisfaction………..