from the TV series created by Michael Crichton
Dr. Carter: (reading a letter from Mark) Dear ER gang, So here I am out on the beach at 5:30 in the evening. Elizabeth is sitting with me drinking juice, but I'm all about the Mai Tais. The sun is going down. Rachel is dipping Ella's toes in the ocean as they head off on a quest for the perfect seashell. Weirdly enough, I find myself thinking, you know what would make this moment complete? Some jogger dropping to the sand short of breath so I can swoop in with a piece of bamboo to perform a nice clean intubation, fix the guy up, and send him off with a good, simple dispo. Which I guess is my way of saying that I miss you all and that dingy place.
Lots of times I thought I should've chosen a different career or gone into private practice. Something easier, less grinding, more lucrative, but since I've been gone, I realize that outside of what I'm doing right now, sitting on this beach with my family, staying at County all those years, doing what we do on a daily basis, was the best choice I ever made. I know what you're thinking, but trust me, it's not so hard to appreciate once it's over. As much as part of me would like to believe that the ER can't go on without me, the smarter part realizes that you are an incredible group of doctors and nurses who approach every day with such skill, passion, and thoroughness that when it comes to patient care, I know my absence will hardly be felt.
As for friendship and camaraderie well that's another matter. In order to leave, I had to go the way I did but I wouldn't want any of you to think that that meant I didn't value each of you and the years that we worked together, or that I didn't have things of a more personal nature to say. Most of you, I think, have an idea of what those things might be without me writing them down, but still.
Ella is laughing and waving for me. Rachel's found her shell.
(A separate page is included from Elizabeth, Mark's wife) Mark died this morning. 6:04 am. The sun was rising, his favorite time of day. I sent this along so that you might know he was thinking of you all and that he appreciated knowing you would remember him well.
Kudos and much thanks go to Kimmy for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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