Hopefully with words, I will be able to express something that happened last week which was exceptional to me.
Recently I contacted the plastic surgeon who had operated on my right arm when it went through the plate glass window. Impressed with his professionalism and his aura, I wanted to see if he could
refer me to an orthopedic surgeon in the area to read some x-rays and confirm that I did indeed
need knee replacement.
The assistant in the USA to the orthopedic surgeon that is supposed to perform this surgery suggested that I do this now rather then wait until I got to Houston and then be told that "No the knee was not that bad". Although I knew otherwise.
My expectation was that Dr. Bosco would, by telephone, give me a name and number. But instead
he invited me to his office to discuss my needs. My appreciation for his time was expressed with gratitude to him.
In the USA we are used to ten minute appointments. Twenty if we are lucky. Not here in Mexico.
Dr. Bosco greeted me and invited me to be seated. We talked about my knee and impending surgery but then we also talked about a great honor that had been bestowed on him recently.
He was very humble when he told me that he had been inducted into the International Association of Plastic Surgeons. There are 8000 plastic surgeons in the World in this group. Quite an honor for Dr. Bosco. In the ensuing conversation, at my questioning, I found out that he had performed operations all over Europe. I, of course congratulated him profusely on this honor.
Jokingly, I told him that it would have been nice the day of my accident to have known of his celebrity as the fear was deep in my bones at the idea of that surgery. We laughed about that.
Then he changed the subject to my blog. To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. I'm always surprised when someone tells me they read the blog but especially this man who is so busy. He complimented me and said it was apparent that I loved Mexico. And then he said something that was, to me, the ultimate compliment. He said, "It is not always the words that you write, but what is between the lines". Staggering. A beautiful thing to say.
It is hard, unless you live in this country, to understand the beautiful manners and gentility of the people of Mexico. The criticism and unkindness toward the people from ignorant people who have never been to Mexico cuts deep.
This recent experience with Dr. Bosco is one of many that have been my experience in the many years that I have been honored to be in this country. I could list at least a hundred more but right now I want to savor the kindness and generosity of this man.
Oh, and just in case you are wondering, the orthopedic surgeon drove an hour to meet with me to look at the x-rays and to see me walk. Then he wrote a letter to give to the doctor in Houston.
Cost? No charge.
Yes, the ambience of gentility is alive and well in Mexico.