Chomp Chomp

Dad wasn’t casually disappointed the day Mom reported to him I had three cavities, following my 8-year-old annual check up with our Elmhurst dentist, Dr. Erikson.

Dad was crestfallen, bereft; and, if you ask me, inordinately judgmental about WHO was at fault for this state of decay.

Until this happened, I liked going to the dentist because presents were involved. I received a new toothbrush in a new color. Even better, Dr. Erikson kept a box of trinkets in his desk drawer. We child-patients picked a present to herald the end of a successful visit.

“Trinkets” may be giving them airs. Not a single 1-inch cupie doll, plastic airplane or bead bracelet had the stamina to remain unbroken longer than a minute in the hands of any child. It mattered not. Anticipating getting something outweighed by far the actual got.

When I disappointed Dad, I wanted to give the trinkets back. I wanted to give the cavities back, too.

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About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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