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|Doodling (standard:non fiction, 1088 words)|
|Author: meg malpas||Added: Jan 29 2009||Views/Reads: 1956/1165||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This story is just observations of doodlings I have seen in different places I have worked.|
DOODLING Back in the 60's when I left school I commenced work as a medical records clerk just as offices were becoming more "open plan”. Only the head of department had his own office. Mr. Clarkson was a tall, thin, grey haired man of 64 years who was ready for retirement. When he spoke of it, as he frequently did, he was counting down the months now. Yet he still managed to keep a close eye on all 15 of us in the main office. A large, shoulder high, window looked out from his office and he only had to stand up from his desk to have a full view of us all. This was especially true of my friend Jill who was his secretary and whose desk was below the window. He would rise from his desk and summon her with the wave of his hand. In she would hurry with dictation pad and pencil. As he relayed letters to her he paced the floor of his office so being able to keep an eye on the goings-on in the main office outside. When Jill returned to her desk we were back to never knowing when Mr. Clarkson was about to stand up and survey us. This meant looking busy at all times. “He's watching” whispered Margaret the clerk at the next desk as I broke a piece of chocolate from a bar hidden in the top drawer of my desk. “Thanks” I replied as, without looking up, I took a triplicate invoice from the same drawer, rolled it into my manual typewriter and began tapping in numbers and spaces. John, the new boy in the office, sat on the other side of Margaret and he quickly picked up his phone, and having dialed some numbers began, what I was sure was a one-way conversation, and some serious doodling on a very important looking form. He was very convincingly busy. At these times doodles were just a matter of scribbling on existing forms. A double "O" in any word was treated to eye lashes, eye brows and a comical expression. I cannot remember there being any budding artists among us, though Gena, who had a particularly boring job in records did some good caricatures of the office personalities. These were passed around for admiration on the afternoon of Mr. Clarksons half-day off. More recently as a nurse working in a busy out-patients clinic of our local hospital I discovered much more adventurous doodling. One morning I arrived to help in a cardiac clinic and found a large cardboard box containing a new chest of drawers had been stored in a corner of one of the consulting rooms. On closer inspection I saw some beautiful doodling. While sitting in with the doctor and patient the nurse awaits her cue to give the appropriate leaflet or advise. She often has only the back of the expensive, well tailored, suit of the consultant to look at from her seat in the corner of the consulting room. A little attention is needed for when the consultant suddenly turns and says ”Staff Nurse I can't find these blood results” or “Staff Nurse will you show Mrs. Smith how to fill that form in.” She then directs the patient to their next port-of-call. e.g. the path-lab for bloods to be taken or the x-ray department. This waiting and listening period may seem to the patient to be a busy, perhaps note-taking time for the nurse. In fact the small and often beautiful equivalent of graffiti takes place in some of these clinics on various pieces of scrap paper. That morning the decorated box stood about three foot square at the side of the nurses chair. On the top surface of the box was drawn or doodled, a diagram of a vertical section of the human heart. All four chambers of the heart were very well drawn with their respective blood vessels however, as these veins and arteries left the heart they became ivy. Yes they had very well drawn ivy leaves and tendrils. Adjacent to which Click here to read the rest of this story (41 more lines)
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