Hello Dorothy

Monday Apr 30th, 2018


A university professor gave his students a pop quiz.  Most of the students were conscientious about their studies and had little difficulty answering the questions – that is, until they reached the last one.

The question was, “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”  The students looked at each other quizzically, not knowing if it was some kind of joke.  Some knew what she looked like; she was tall and dark-haired, about 50 years old.  But none knew her name.  They handed in their papers without answering the question.

At the end of the class, a student asked the professor if the last question would count toward their quiz grade. The professor replied, “Absolutely.  In your careers you will encounter many people, every one of whom is significant and deserves your attention and care.  Even a simple smile or a ‘Hello’ is an act of attention.”

The students learned their lesson.  The students also learned the name of the cleaning lady:  Dorothy.

Is there a “Dorothy” in your life?


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