Vincent's Nostalgic Sense
It is just fitting to couple this issue of the Links with last month's issue. October's focus came from our young ones - the Junior Faculty Council. This month's issue comes from our Pediatric Council focusing on our future - through what we cherish the most, our children. Dr Law provides us the evolution of the workforce on Pediatric Heart Failure within the ISHLT setting the stage for the tasks at hand and reminding us that "children are not small adults," but they do say the darndest things. Drs Caby and Caby clarify and reiterate the importance of Psychosocial Intervention in Children after Cardiothoracic Transplantation. We must be ever so mindful of this, especially in children and their ability to cope. But it really boils down to procuring a heart for a child who desperately needs one. Dr Weinstein gives us a detailed account on Giving a Child a New Heart.
The hearts and consciences of our children are shaped at young age. Yet again Twain teaches us from the minds of cunning and playful boys of no more than 13 years of age the importance of dedication and devotion with their innocence on how it reshapes or "unlearns" not only themselves but all of society. From early childhood to old age in all walks of life there are always choices and when all is said and done we must choose for ourselves.
It is nostalgia that brings our thoughts back to our childhood days to rekindle our souls. Some of us may not like it, some of us never grow up, but I hope everyone has fond memories of their childhood. Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn in the first person from the mind of a 13-year-old who didn't get his own jokes. Through the playfulness of Tom and Huck, Twain captured the nostalgia of a bygone childhood. This is no different than the playfulness of Josh Baskin and Billy Kopeki in the 1988 movie, "Big," where Tom Hanks plays a 13-yr-old in a grown up's body. This Oscar-nominated film was directed by Penny Marshall who also directed the 1992 movie, "A League of their Own," (again starring Tom Hanks).
"The most useful and interesting letters we get here from home are from children seven or eight years old. This is petrified truth. Happily they have got nothing to talk about but home, and neighbors and family—things their betters think unworthy of transmission thousands of miles. They write simply and naturally, and without straining for effect. They tell all they know, and then stop." - Mark Twain
Vincent Valentine, MD