Whenever I think of the dentist I cringe in terror. There is something about going to the dentist that just makes my skin crawl. The needles, the drills, the noise…its awful! I never connect anything positive with a trip to the dentist, even though I do love having nice pearly white choppers. I begrudgingly make my yearly trip to the dentist because I have to, certainly not because I want to. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I received business birthday cards from my dentist.
My dentist has taken on epic proportions in my mind. He is like an evil tyrant who rules over all he surveys. In actuality he is a very nice and mild mannered gentleman. He always tries to make my visits as comfortable as possible, and he’s always ready with a joke and a smile. But while I’m sitting in his chair, he may as well be Attila the Hun. When he comes near me, whether he is holding a drill or just a small cup of mouthwash, I involuntarily flinch. There is nothing he can do to dissuade me of my fear of him. I’m pretty sure he dreads my visits as much as I do as he knows just what lies ahead of him when I arrive. So sending me birthday greeting cards was actually a brilliant idea.
Receiving a birthday card from my dentist was a nice surprise. When I opened the card and saw who it was from I let out a giant laugh. I couldn’t believe that my dentist was so thoughtful. I couldn’t believe he didn’t hate me! Getting a birthday card from my dentist showed me that he values my business even though I am probably one of the most difficult patients he has. It made me feel like he knows each and every one of his patients, and that we are all important to his practice. It’s nice to be remembered on your birthday, and I think that birthday greeting cards are the best part about getting older. My dentist thought of me on my special day, just like all of my friends and family.
I have since made a promise to myself that on my next visit to the dentist I will try to behave like someone who isn’t terribly frightened by every move he makes. The birthday card was such a nice gesture that I’m starting to see him in a different light (well, I’m trying to anyway). He’s a good dentist, and he sends me cards. That’s a pretty good combo for me.