Merritt – ‘I won’t allow it! Who do you think you are?’
I lifted him by his neck. “I’m not asking for your permission for time on your precious meeting schedule. I’m telling you that I have something to inform your delegates, and you will be very sorry if you attempt to stop me!”
As I lowered him, I gave him a final thought to consider. “You can look at me, call me names and offer your opinion that you disagree with my beliefs. But do not cast judgment on a group of people you have never given a chance to show what they can do or help make a situation better. My father once told me to be mindful of the needs and circumstances of others. Who are you to judge one’s status, be it skin color, economic setbacks, intellectual or physical malady, for the circumstances could arise for you to be placed with those that you judge and who’s to say that you, with all your social advantage, money and privilege, would fare as well as they do, under those very circumstances?”
Merritt- ‘Waterbury, you are a disgrace to the white race!’
Waterbury– “Dr. Merritt, your ambition and blind conventional assumption offers a disservice to God and yourself. When you learn to be mindful of the needs and circumstances of others, you will accept a valuable lesson about what really matters in this life.”
I left him in the room to choke on his own smoke. I went straight to the hall where the delegates were gathering for the first talk of the day. The stage was prepared as I walked deliberately to the microphone and requested everyone sit down and that they were going to hear an unannounced, unadulterated analysis of the “The State of Affairs in 20th Century Medicine and the Role of the Physician We are Seldom Asked to Consider”.
Just before I began my speech, Hugo, Pamela and Elizabeth were all on the edge of their seats. Elizabeth spoke- ‘I can’t believe that Southern bigot had such long-term hatred for you. I think it was really a front for something deeper inside him. He was jealous of your rank in the medical school class, he was not happy that you won all those coveted prizes, you equaled him on a social and economic level and you weren’t as petty as he was in your commentaries responding to his.
He used his position at the A.M.A. to allegedly get back at you; he tried to portray a certain level of status to make him appear even more powerful, but in fact you called him on everything, and that is why he got so upset. He deserved all the criticism you said to him, and then some. He was a lucky man that I wasn’t standing there. He would have thought you were a ‘cream puff’ compared to how I would have told him what was what.’ “I know how you are, Elizabeth. You would have spoken your mind and that would have put out all his fire.
Looking back at the life of Dr. Windsor Langford Waterbury III, the reader will be directed to Dr. Waterbury’s unexpected revelation of a secret about his highly respected grandfather, which precipitates a review of the earlier part of his own life. Although socially privileged with an illuminating career in medicine unfolding, Dr. Waterbury faced sorrowful hurdles with a shattering, deliberate manipulation to sever ties with his beloved fiancée.
He now must make an important career decision; but at this time, he is still haunted by his emotional and psychological setback. Then he experiences yet another challenge: a prolonged life-threatening disease that takes him on an unexpected path filled with great moments of joy and several lingering hardships. Can Dr. Waterbury fall back on the teachings and wisdom from his predecessors to deal with this strife? Will he remain standing, and will he resolve to cope amid these entangled circumstances?
Diamonds in the Water - Book II is a testimony we can use to examine and appreciate the vital principles and tools that can be utilized by those of us who want to move beyond the apparent dilemmas we are given. It is also for those of us who want to remember the values we have nurtured during the abysmal and wearisome times, which could serve us well throughout our lives. There are choices that need to be considered constantly, but a time-tested wise choice will forever be a guiding star in the darkest, most ominous sky.
Meanwhile, hold on as Dr. Waterbury takes you on his unforgettable journey during the maturing years of his life.
About the Author
Daniel McCrimons M.D., a Harvard College and Columbia University trained physician, is a practicing pediatrician who has had a dedicated interest in blending his 37 years of clinical experience and discussions on family values to integrate science, history, philosophy, and spirituality and create a life story worthy of investigation, assessment, and an analysis of plan for therapeutic self-improvement.