Patient Belongings

She is sitting at the front of the bus, clutching a clear plastic bag. The bag is filled with neatly crocheted squares, in baby colors. On the front of the bag I can make out the word PATIENT. It must be some clever comment on yarn arts, I think.

As she leaves the bus, I see the other word is BELONGINGS. After a moment, I realize the bag is from a hospital. Still, crocheted squares are what I would consider a patient belonging.

Other patient belongings:

  • Slippers
  • An old dog
  • A chipped teacup
  • A wooden ruler
  • Houseplants

Impatient belongings:

  • Cars
  • Wristwatches
  • Electric can openers
  • Kleenex

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