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Big smiles and sharing one more story. On Thanksgiving week 19 years ago, a very kind person made me believe in humanity again.
Senior year in high school, my social worker told me she spoke with a dentist and she told him about my case. The dentist offered to take my wisdom teeth out. My social worker gave me his office address and told me to show up after school on the day before Thanksgiving. I got there around 4 pm. I was his last appointment that day before heading off for the holidays with his family. I asked him if I needed paperwork to give to my social worker or anything. He said don’t worry about it. I sat on the dentist chair and he gave me local anesthesia (no gas, I was completely awake). It took him 10 mins to pop out three and 15 mins to pop out the last one. The last one, I felt like my jaw was going to break! After the procedure, I asked… do I pay you now? He said… you can pay me by staying in school. He walked me to the front door and just said, take care of yourself. I never saw him again.
I did not get chipmunk cheeks, any swelling or bruising. The whole thing healed within two days and I was completely back to normal. My social worker never filed this case in my case file, because there was no paperwork exchange. I really don’t have any information on this dentist. Every Thanksgiving though, I still remember his act of kindness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Mr. Dentist, if by a miracle you’re reading this, please know that I kept my promise. I stayed in school and that I’m ok now.
Happy Thanksgivings everyone! Wishing you a great holiday with endless laughter, food, and treasured memories! 💛💛💛

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