My mother always made sure we took good care of our teeth and as far I can remember, I was never scared of going to the dentist. On the contrary! As a matter of fact, dental offices are part of my affective memory.
So, when my dentist told me he would retire, I felt as if I had finished a book or just watched the final episode of a beloved tv series. Kind of lost, kind of sad.
I knew I would have to jump the stages of grief and go for acceptance rightaway. For over fifteen years he was part of my story. Now he wanted to enjoy his grandchildren and be part of their story, totally understandable. And yet, what a pity!
“When are you closing the office?”, I asked him.
“I don´t know yet. First I have to find someone to get my chair and all the furniture here”
“So… do you wanna sell it?”
“No, not at all. I want to donate it. I just need to find a trustful person or institution.”
“Well, maybe I can help you on that…”
I told him about my last Christmas shopping adventure and put him in contact with the orphanage people. The following day, they arranged all the details for moving a complete dentist office. Hurray!
When I heard the message from my now ex-dentist saying that everything went all right, I started crying of joy immeaditely. What a decent ending for the office of a decent man!
I am still feeling a bit sad about his retirement, but you know what? It is true what they say: doing good really makes you feel better.
Be seeing you!