My phone rang today with a 'no caller id' shown. I generally don't answer those but as I was feeling a touch salty I figured I could spare 5 minutes to destroy a spam telemarketer. Instead, the conversation went like this:
Me: Hello? (salt dripping from voice)
Her: This is Doctor PretendInternetName
Her: I'm your OBGYN? We met last August? Do you remember me?
Me: (Immediately assuming that I have the world's most delayed test results and am finding out I'm dying) Yes. It's hard to forget someone who gave you a pap smear.
And then I found out I'm not dying. (Wheee!) But, when I was there we actually chatted for like an hour. I have a weird habit of making conversation while in the stirrups. Seriously, I even did it during labor. During said conversation I found out we were both single moms and that her daughter was in the process of applying to college. I raved about my alma mater and talked about my absurdly successful former roommate who had majored in exactly what her daughter wanted to study. Apparently I was verbose and excited. She went home that night and told her daughter who then looked the school up, applied, got in, visited the campus and decided it was for her. My doctor was calling because I had been so helpful that she was wondering if I could possibly recommend an alumni association to help her daughter to find an internship. I pointed her in the right direction and before we ended the call she said this:
"Just think, one appointment and you forever altered both my life and my daughter's life. This school wasn't even on her radar until I mentioned it. I thank you for that. She's thrilled and I am so proud."
We then said good bye and I sat in silence for a bit soaking it in. It was such a wonderful statement, a wonderful moment of pride for a fellow single mom fighting the uphill battle, and I had a long think about chance and circumstance. Who knows who we meet in passing each day that pushes us in a new direction? Forever changes our life course? It's kind of fascinating and to be able to have a moment circle back to you a year later and prove that yes, you can change someone's life through a moment of conversation and positivity. It was exactly what I needed. I'm so glad I answered the phone.
I'm also so glad I now get to say that my vagina changed a young girl's life. I intend to put that on my business cards.