On January 2, 1925, Martha Ann Call lay on her bed in a small farmhouse in Wendell, Idaho. She was expecting her fifth child. It was cold outside as well as in the house. The two oldest daughters were sent to get firewood while the two youngest were in bed with her trying to keep warm. Her husband, Ambrose, and the family doctor were in the next room talking about pigs.
“Doctor, the baby is coming!” Ann yelled.
The doctor discounted her warning. “Now Mrs. Call,” he replied, “Relax! You still have a little time to wait.” Then he and Ambrose went back to their engrossing discussion about pigs.
A moment later, Ann called once again to the doctor, but received the same answer. She tried a few more times to get his attention but to no avail.
In desperation she got more forceful. “If something happens to this baby I will never forgive either one of you!” This got their attention. The talk of pigs was forgotten, they rushed to Ann’s aid, and were surprised to see a little baby girl lying there on the bed.
One look at this little girl let the doctor know he needed to act quickly if he was going to save her life. He alternated between putting her in cool water and then warm water, over and over until he knew that she would be all right.
This little girl survived the pigs and lived for seventy-nine years.
The resiliency concept in this story is the importance of listening, to our spouses and our children as one important way to show that they are important to us and that we respect them.
Calvert F. Cazier, PhD., MPH
Chair, Utah Chapter of TAA
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