The Nurse’s Song

Today a couple of other staff members and I attended a concert in the Friday music series at Georgetown University. We are lucky to be so close to such wonderful resources. We had been invited by Barbara Hollinshead, the mezzo soprano soloist who was performing. Her son was treated at our clinic last year, but now he is happily off at college.

The concert featured songs by Benjamin Britten. Before she sang two of them, from “A Charm of Lullabies,” she said that she had first learned these songs when she was pregnant with her youngest son–and that the one called “The Nurse’s Song” had taken on a whole new meaning when he was being treated for cancer at Lombardi. She said it meant a lot to her to have folks from her son’s clinic come to hear her sing. Honestly, we were the lucky ones. Music