The vocabulary and stories of patients from Jean Hawkes'
days as a doctor unintentionally slip in when she
Some of her
stories are crafted to meet assignments by a creative writing group of the American Association of University Women
has been asked to write a complete story in 50 words, and a story using words with only one syllable.Hawkes, of Marco Island, joined the group to make new friends and because she'd written a lot during college.
"I'm really just in it for the ride because I don't have an imagination," Hawkes
said."I have an ability to describe and turn a phrase and embroider some on the facts, but I don't ever think of something original."Hawkes
stories on her
life experiences.She earned a bachelor's degree in English with the thought of becoming a journalist.
went to medical school because she
wouldn't have to do anything right away.She
said by the time she
was 30, she
hadn't done anything profitable.Jean Hawkes, of Marco Island, is part of the creative writing group with the American Association of University Women. Hawkes, 92, practiced internal medicine for 40 years and she said most of her stories are based on life experiences.
...Jean Hawkes, of Marco Island, is part of the creative writing group with the American Association of University Women.Hawkes
, 92, practiced internal medicine for 40 years and she
said most of her
stories are based on life experiences.
Now that she's
has time to write.She
has won twice with stories submitted to the state contest sponsored by the AAUW
In 2001-02, her
winning story was about her
experience teaching English as a second language.She
was tutoring a boy from Guatemala.He
then brought his
brother, who didn't speak any English.Hawkes
was trying to teach the non-English- speaking brother colors.She
tried using the example of a rainbow, but it didn't seem to work.She
asked the older brother to explain a rainbow.He
began by gesturing wildly and taking deep breathes.
asked him what he
was explaining, he
In 2002-03, her
winning story was about multiple discussions she'd had over the phone with a husband about the condition of his
was inarticulate and they weren't making progress, so she
invited him to her
At the end of the conversation, he
wanted to tell her
leaned back and smiled, awaiting a compliment.
The husband told her she
sounded younger on the phone than she
said that put her
Hawkes also has written a story about one of her
patients who was trying to lose weight.She
said after three months, the woman had a lot of excuses for not losing any weight.And when Hawkes
went to weigh her
, the woman took off her
earrings, shoes and dropped the tissue in her
told her she
hadn't lost an ounce, the woman replied that she
weighed herself at home without her
enjoys writing even though it's not prose.She
not much of a self-disciplinarian.But, she
said if she
were to write a book, it would probably be her
memoirs, because that wouldn't require any imagination.
"I can't imagine who would read them if I managed to get them down," she
memoirs might include her
involvement with Project Hope, an organization that began about 1960.She
said a ship equipped like a hospital would travel to an underprivileged area and stay for a year.The local doctors would receive training and various ailments would be treated.She
said there was a standard staff of nurses, technicians and pharmacists, and that the doctors came in for two months at a time.She
practiced internal medicine for 40 years.
"I can't imagine now doing anything else," Hawkes
was in Columbia for two months in 1971, and in Tunisia in 1973.
"At the end of the time they had supposedly made a dent in the general health," she
experiences appear in her
said the creative writing group is for people who want to write â€" or think they can write â€" and need someone to listen.She has been a part of the group for seven years.
At 92, she
writes because she
likes it and it's a lot of fun.She
said there's an acronym known as FWSOW.It stands for Fascination With Sound of Own Words.
"The more I read over my writings, the more interesting they get," she