Dentist

This is my own A-to-Z Challenge for the month of June — likes and dislikes. If you want to join me, just add a comment of something you like that begins with the letter D and something you don’t like.

Also, today’s post is my submission for Stream of Consciousness Saturday’s prompt — irony.


“You invite your dentist to your family weddings?” someone asked one of my children when they were being introduced to Dr. Kate.

I think it was Laurel that I was talking to about it, because she said, “I never really thought it was weird until they said that.”

We don’t invite Dr. Kate to weddings because she’s a dentist. We invite her because she’s a friend. She’s been a nearly lifelong friend to me.

I can still picture her when we were kids with her jaw wired shut and her head with a halo screwed into it to keep her neck in traction. I would go visit her every day after school at the hospital before getting a ride home with my father.

It was probably close to three months that she was in the hospital — so that’s a lot of visits! A friendship grows over something like that.

To be totally honest, I’m pretty terrible at keeping in touch with people, so we lost touch during the years that happened between high school and parenting. She went off to the dental school and Navy. I went off to Wyoming. Eventually we both ended up back in Cooperstown.

And yes, she comes to our family weddings. I love my dentist, Dr. Kate.

Helen, Dr. Kate, and Mary all dancing

So I suppose there’s a little irony in the fact that I hate going to the dentist. It ranks right up there with having a gall bladder attack, another not-fun repeated experience in my life, but I’ll save that story for another day.


In Scottish Gaelic:
Is toil leam am fiaclair agam.
(I like my dentist.)

Cha toil leam a dhol dhan fhiaclair.
(I don’t like going to the dentist.)


How about you? What do you like that begins with D? What do you dislike?

16 Comments on “Dentist

  1. I like dogs – I haven’t always liked them. I grew up with cats and always considered myself a cat person. The second dog that my husband and I had won me over.

    • Yes, dogs have a way of digging in our hearts (and sometimes our lawns).

  2. A lovely photo and the post too. I get up early in the morning and like to see dawn breaking as I exercise.

    • Thank you! I agree — dawn is the absolute BEST time of day. I’m always up pre-dawn and enjoy those first streaks of light in the sky.

  3. Aw, nice🙂. Well, some D-likes are dancing, dogs, dips (some Ranch dressing powder from a packet mixed with fat free plain Greek style yogurt, so good!! Thinned down with water = salad dressing!) D-dislikes: Let’s start with dawn, lol.

    • You don’t like dawn? You’re missing the best time of day!! :-). And dancing for me is no bueno. I’m pretty terrible at it.

  4. With all the chaos going on in our lives, I didn’t finish the A to Z on my main blog, and never started on the two others I wanted to use. I had the topics all picked out. So I thought I’d finish one in May and do the others in June and July.
    Of course, here is is now June 5th and I haven’t made progress on any of them LOL
    But I was so glad to see that you’re off and running and doing your own A to Z outside of the April challenge. Kudos to you!!!

    • Thanks!! I plan out these A-to-Z challenges and then fail at them. Maybe my next one could be A-to-Z failures using uncompleted posts from previous years. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. My childhood dentist, who’s probably passed away by now, was also the team dentist for the Maple Leafs.

  6. I love dahlias, details, and dessert.
    I’m not a fan of drama, decisions, or donuts.

      • I know, I know. Black sheep. I’m just thankful there’s ONE sugar-soaked and fried food in the world that I have no trouble resisting.

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