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The Little Things

Alumni, B.S. '17
Brooklyn, New York
White toilet paper roll

"I work in a pediatric practice, and as you can imagine, my days are slammed. I was at the end of a long day when a parent asked me how I was doing. Not well, I hadn't slept due to long hours the night before and coming in early this morning, but I smiled and said, 'I'm surviving, it's a little rough getting used to life without toilet paper though.' We laughed and I continued on with my day. After the child had been seen by the doctor, the parent stopped me again. 'I have some TP in my car, and they're all yours.' Although I declined it initially, I did want it. I haven't been able to find any TP in weeks. I don't have a car or license to drive somewhere else, and in the grand scheme of things, TP is the last of my worries. But when you're working 10 to 12-hour shifts, and you finally come home the little things matter. He insisted and got me a package of toilet paper. It was such a small gesture but really brightened my day. I'm now quarantined, someone in my family has COVID19, so it's nice having the smallest amenities going through a time like this."