The McKinley Review Magazine

How Only The Best Brings Out The Best in Others

By: Anne Kotula | Posted on: March 2018 

We think we are more important than we actually are, but why don’t we live every moment

of life to its fullest?


Every Sunday, you would volunteer at a hospital and there is always a story to be told. You once walked into room 305 and a man was coming out of the teal laminated restroom door. You didn’t make eye contact, but you can see a little more than someone should see on their first date. Can you visualize the back of a hospital robe? Close your eyes for a minute and try to see a young girl walking in to see a shining posterior. Perhaps you think you would’ve turned your cheek to his cheeks.


As he sat down, you offered him a newspaper. Not only did he want it, but he wanted you to scratch his back as well. He called his back scratcher Wilson. Did you mention that this was your first night on the job, so you thought this was perfectly reasonable? So, with a grand old smile of ignorance, you grabbed Wilson and scratched his back. You said goodbye to Wilson and his owner, then went on to my next adventure. Let this be a lesson: hospitals need to invest in less revealing clothing to protect workers’ eyes.


You run into the glass door leaving the hospital that day.


You’ve had your fair share of running into doors, and when people see, you are opening your doors to them, they will open their doors too. Everybody wants levity, which you give to people every day. But before you can make other people laugh or happy, you need to be able to laugh at yourself. One day you started to snort and giggle and looked around. Sure enough, there were others laughing with you, or was it at you, or was it just you?


There’s the memory of you giving your Humorous Interpretation speech. When you walk into the round, there four types of people: the ones who bite their nails, eyes drifting to the sides, the ones who glances at the clock, ranks of sweat trickling down his chambray button-down, and the one staring you down.


Then there’s you. Giving a speech is when you can make people laugh and you can be yourself, but with different voices, poses, facial expressions, and be Cybil.


More great happiness comes from when you are with friends. Your friends have been through a lot together and every day something remarkable happens. There’s the night a bus broke down in the middle of the highway. Our memories of a night filled with consoling each other, of lending shoulders as tissues, merged together into one. A story.

Anna Kotula had several of her works published, including Eber and Wein, Creative Communications, International UNO Poetry Contest, Fine Lines, Literary Magazine at school, Yearbook, and in a local Connecteen Omaha magazine. She has taken her passion for writing to many summer programs such as the Creative Writing Institute at Georgetown University, W.R.I.T.E for college program at Duke University. She has also completed two
online courses through Brown University and the University of Iowa. She wishes to develop her skills in poetry, creative writing, essay writing, and conducting research for the future.