When I was a kid, I used to like connecting the dots and seeing what picture showed up. You probably did that too.
Sometimes the lines were long, and sometimes they were short. They may cut across the page or go up and down, but each line was connected by a dot with a number.
You started at number one and drew a line to number two and so on. The goal was to finish connecting all of the dots and see what picture showed up.
Well I've begun to look at my map of Trumbull County in a similar way. There are a lot of dots that represent communities. The lines are the roads or highways that connect the dots. Each of the dots or communities has a picture or story to tell.
While visiting the different communities (dots), I'll try to connect to a story there. This should help the picture come into focus over the course of writing these columns.
This week I am in Warren for business. Moving here from a much larger metro area, I am struck by the lack of people in the downtown area.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of traffic, either. But I am not complaining because this just makes it easier for me to get around. It really is a nice surprise to find very little traffic in what should be afternoon rush hour.
My destination is Trumbull Memorial Hospital and finding the parking lot off of Market Street is very easy. Not having to pay for parking is an added bonus. In bigger cities, you pay for parking after you have worked your way through traffic.
The hospital seems pretty small, but the lobby has a lot of people in it. The receptionist is helpful, and I get the directions I need and head to the elevator.
Something catches my eye as I get off on the sixth floor. It's an old nursing student uniform in a picture frame hanging on the wall. There is some information with it to help visitors learn a little about the School of Nursing that used to be in TMH. All I can say is that nursing uniforms sure have changed. But this is history, and I like history.
Connecting the dots here I begin to wonder when the hospital was built and how many nurses were trained there over the years. It is amazing when you think that one of the nurses who received her training there has gone on to practice in Ohio, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Kentucky. You never know where life will take you.
I've met some other graduates of the TMH School of Nursing too. Some are retired and some are still practicing. Some of the nurses worked at TMH and others have gone on to work in doctor's offices and other hospitals. More people than we know have probably learned their skills there. It is an important part of Warren's history. Some people may not even think about it until they are in the hospital with a nurse taking care of them.
I want to say thank you to all the nurses that have gone through TMH's School of Nursing. To those who are still practicing their craft and to those who are retired, the people of Warren and Trumbull County are glad you were there when they needed you. Your time spent training and serving others in need is appreciated.
I'll be looking at my map and drawing another line to connect a dot with Warren. I'm sure there are some interesting people and history out there to learn about.
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.