"It was not decorated in any way. It stood there, a plain block of type all by itself in the middle of the page, looking serious and important. Nita read the Oath to herself first, to make sure of the words. Then, quickly, before she could start to feel silly, she read it out loud."
These are good words, beautifully illustrated, and not just because I’m biased. Read them out loud. Read them in to yourself. And realise they mean more than just words in a book.
Diane was a nurse (RN) before she was a writer, and still can be when necessary, like the hit-and-run some years ago where she says I helped when nobody else did. That help was mostly following her instructions and not reacting to the mess (“scalp lacerations usually bleed like that,” she says) until we saw the guy safe into an ambulance. Then I got the shakes because “like that” was all over my hands and up to my elbows, but at least I shook on my own time.
Everybody else in the street vanished or crossed to the far side then stood and stared. That’s when I learned the nothing to do with me distance. It’s about 20 feet, close enough to see, far enough away to not hear “can somebody please…?” Even the restaurant we’d just left closed its doors; I remember them banging shut and the lights going out very clearly - but they may have called the ambulance. I don’t know.
However, a day or so later I was the one who was privileged to take a phonecall from the hospital that said “Thanks to what you two did Mr XXX is going to be all right, and he’ll even keep his hair…”
It was what Diane did, not me. It’s still the best review I’ve ever had.
"I am on ordeal…" starts when you’re old enough to make a difference. The difference you make is up to you. There’s another phrase, not Diane’s: "Be excellent to one another."
Can’t hurt. Might help. Costs nothing. Do it. See what happens. :-)