Many folks grow up huge fans of celebrities. One of my sisters had the New Kids on the Block all over her room. We (her seven siblings) were forced to listen to NKOTB on all long car trips (actually preferable to my father’s choice of Johnny Horton).
Big Brother was torn between crushing on the red-headed neighbor girls and Princess Leia.
My Hollywood crush was Data from Star Trek TNG, because what’s better than a super strong, super smart, emotionally unavailable dude? In sports, I will always be a fan of Ed McCaffrey from the Denver Broncos.
Judgmental Genius Older Sister appeared immune to the allure of sports stars, movie stars, and rock stars. She was too busy graduating magna cum laude and crushing it in medical school to have time for crushes. At holiday gatherings, she had no idea who the celebrities de jour were, and she generally she fell asleep by 8:45 PM (sitting straight up, in the middle of the couch).
Then she was busy with her residency, surgery, oncology, a terrible pregnancy, and her first daughter. I’m pretty sure she has only just learned of the existence of the Kardashians (from her second daughter).
So I was a little shocked when this recently showed up in a family group text:
Dr. Sis: Guess who is in our hospital!
No one had any guesses.
Dr. Sis: Love this man!
Now we really had no guesses.
Dr. Sis: He is the Michael Jordan of medicine!
Dr. Sis: DR. FAUCI!!!!
Me: Oooo…how exciting!
Dr. Sis: Are you being sarcastic?! You’d better not be being sarcastic.
UNC Alum Relative: Nobody can be as good as Jordan.
Foolish Sibling: Is he the guy Brad Pitt played on SNL?
Dr. Sis: This is not basketball! This is not movies! This man SAVES LIVES!
UNC Alum Relative: Was I meant to be put on this chat?
Dr. Sis: YES YOU WERE NOW PAY ATTENTION, IT’S DR. FAUCI!
We were properly cowed. Dr. Sis sent us links to Dr. Fauci and his visit (apparently he was doing something called “grand rounds”). She instructed us to show them to all our children.
Hopefully there’s no test during Zoom Thanksgiving.
Because ain’t no fangirl scarier than fangirl with a scalpel.
*In case you aren’t familiar with “We Stan,” or “K-pop stans,” here’s the best definition: