HomeLIKHAvol. 16 no. 2 (1996)

Debt of Gratitude

David B. Lat

Discipline: Literature



Linda Reyes takes breakfast alone in her small and silent kitchen. A simple meal: a cup of coffee and a warm roll. She eats slowly, spreading a thin layer of pale butter over the bread in a painstaking manner. Her way of eating, so deliberate and almost contemplative, would surprise her colleagues. They know Dr. Linda Reyes for her swiftness and intuitive efficiency in the hospital operating room.