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Wednesdays with Writers: My Reflections on Jodi Picoult’s SMALL GREAT THINGS, Racism in America, Black Female Professionals, & so much more

By Leslie Lindsay  I have a black female physician. I love her. She’s gentle and kind and funny. And has a lovely English accent. Plus, she loves to read. I bumped into her at the local post office one day before Thanksgiving. I had recently completed Jodi Picoult’s most recent novel (her twenty-third), and I wanted to shake her by the shoulders (gently, mind you) and say, “Oh my gosh, have you read this book?” Instead, she told me, “You’re gorgeous in those warm, jewel-toned colors.” I probably blushed, because, let’s face it, bumping into your doctor in public, who has seen what’s under that hospital gown is a little akin to being a grade-school student and seeing your teacher at the grocery store. I mean, teachers eat? Doctors go to the post office?  Our exchange was brief that day. But it stayed with me. And, ironically, it wasn’t about me and those jewel-toned colors, but our interaction; she might be my doctor, but I consider her a friend, too. In fact, as a parent–a …