Just Once…

This morning I had a dentist appointment. I hate going because even though the staff is incredibly friendly and professional, and my dentist and I exchange stories as if we were friends from the old neighborhood, they always find something that needs to be fixed.

My dental history is a sad litany of cavities, root canals and crowns. Just once, I’d like to go to the dentist and receive a clean bill of health. Just once, I’d love them to say, “see you in six months.”

But, before I even step foot into the dentist’s office, I get a text from Andrew.

If you are able to, can you bring me my warm-up jacket?”

Now, I know what you are thinking. Why did I say yes?  Why did I go out of my way to bring it to him, which is the complete opposite direction of the dentist’s office?

I know what you are thinking, and I hear you. I should say him no and just once not run over there to save the day.

But he had an important swim meet today. Literally called the “Last Chance” meet, it is his last chance to improve his breaststroke time so he can qualify for Districts. All season long, he goes to practice from 5:30 am (AM!) -7 am and then again after school from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm without complaint. Every day, he packs his snacks, his swim gear and his laptop and leaves the house and comes home in the dark. He’s allowed a free pass occasionally. And, if I didn’t bring it to him, he’d be standing around the pool wearing only his Speedo tech suit. I couldn’t do that to him.

Why am I telling you all of this? I’m not sure. Everyone has rough mornings. Everyone has that moment when they are ready to walk out the door only to be stopped by a text from their forgetful child. I don’t think I’m doing any significant damage by being kind and going out of my way to bring it to him.

And I had a fleeting thought that perhaps a good deed would equal good karma at the dentist.

Fast forward an hour later; I have an appointment to get a cavity filled on March 4th.

And how was your morning?

4 comments on Just Once…

  1. Robert Krantweiss
    February 19, 2020 at 9:14 am (7 months ago)

    Just another example of what wonderful moms do. I’m not surprised. You have been doing things like this for a long time now! (BTW, please excuse the exclamation point.)

  2. Martha
    February 19, 2020 at 8:02 pm (7 months ago)

    Such a great mom, we can’t say no can we? Hope the rest of your day went well!!

  3. Melissa Rearson
    February 21, 2020 at 11:44 pm (7 months ago)

    I always think: if I were my kid OR if I had forgotten something important, wouldn’t I be thrilled that someone who loves me is willing to bail me out? We all need that type of kindness and really you’re just showing him how to share that kindness with others. Good luck with the cavity 🦷.


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