Maggie,
Despite working in healthcare from a peripheral perspective (not front-line), your story brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful analogy you've developed between what we learned in kindergarten and what healthcare could use today. Interestingly, I recently listened to a podcast (99% Invisible) that explored the origins of kindergarten and Froebel's gifts. Unfortunately, the simple lessons Froebel wanted children to learn evolved into the commercialism of today. Perhaps similar to the evolution of healthcare. What was the original vision of Canada's universal healthcare system seems to be eroding, given current cuts and the rise of privatization. I hope that your words reach many as I believe they have the power to change, as long as we start listening.