MID AFTERNOON BREAK

"Oh, do I need a break," Constance Walker sighed while pushing away from her desk and stretching her aching muscles, "it's almost two o'clock, where does the time go!?!" As CEO of a large importing business, the crush of paper work and the constant pressure to keep things moving ahead would sap the strength of even the most experienced business man!!! Constance made a quick note on her note pad before donning her coat and heading out of the office for a two hour break but first, she stopped momentarily at her secretary's desk and offered, "I'm going to be out of the office for a couple of hours, Jenny, so if they're are any calls just take a message and I'll get back to them later this afternoon, and by the way make sure that the Asian invoices are on my desk for tomorrow morning's meeting!!!"

Down on the street in front of her office building, Constance hailed a cab and gave the driver and address on the near north side, and while it was only a ten minute ride, for once they weren't caught in Chicago's brutal afternoon traffic!!! Even though she had visited the majestic brownstone many times, she still had her usual shiver as she climbed the stairs leading to the front door, where upon she rang the chimes and waited for and answer!!! A voice coming from a small intercom on the door jam asked evenly, "Who is it, please!?!" "It's Constance Walker," she replied into the tiny speaker, "I have a two thirty appointment!!!" The intercom went dead, but within a matter of seconds the lock buzzer in the door hand went off, which just gave Constance enough time to open the door and step inside!!! Almost immediately a young woman in a tiny French maid's outfit appeared out of nowhere and escorted her to the front desk!!!

"Ahhhhh, Miss Walker," the regal looking woman behind the desk fairly gushed, "it's so nice to have you back with us, it's been how long, three months since your last, ahem, session!?!" "That sounds about right," Constance replied, "it's been so busy back at the office, you know how it is," as her voice trailed off!!! "But of course," the woman replied, "but now that you are here, how may we serve you today!?!" Feeling a little embarrassed, Constance looked down at her shoes and in a soft voice replied, "Well, uh, I think I'd like the medical room, you know, and exam with a doctor and nurse!!!" "Mmmmm, a very good choice," the woman replied softly, "let me check to see if the room is available or not!!!" Nervously Constance shifted her weight from one foot to the other while the woman spoke softly into the telephone!!! "I have good news," she replied after replacing the receiver, "everything is ready to go, so if you'll follow Mimi she'll lead the way, and please, enjoy yourself!!!"

...CONTINUES IN THE MEMBERS SECTION