About two years ago our granddaughter Delaney was having this dentist appointment. I wrote the following "Just Some Thoughts" on the evening of her visit to the dentist.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Here’s what you can do to help! When you know something un-pleasant is coming up, just tell someone and give them a list of what they can do to help.
I had an early partner with me this morning at my coffee place, three-year-old Jake. Jake’s sister, Delaney, had an appointment with the dentist. It’s not a normal appointment, like checking for sugar bugs, etc. She was going to have a “palate expander” placed in her mouth. She and her mommy and daddy, would all be involved in this visit, thus three-year-old Jake is with me for a while.
I met them at 7 A.M. in the parking lot of the dentist office. With “Little Red Caboose” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” playing, Jake and I headed out. He and I spent the morning together while sister was “getting worked on.” Maybe a bit early for a cookie, but hey…cookies are good at any time of the day! Our son-in-law shared the following story with us and with their small group from their church that meets in their home once a month:
In preparation she made a short list of things her 3 year old brother Jake could do to help her through this crisis. She instructed Jake that he was to do the following on "D Day"
1) In the morning say to Delaney "I Love You"
2) In the car give Delaney a kiss
3) At the dentist say "do a grate job!"
PS. It went better than expected for installing a "palate expander" and Jake accomplished #2 and #3 on the list...pretty good for a 3 year old!"
Tears and lumps come to a grandfather pretty quickly when seeing and reading this. You know, I think Delaney pretty well has it figured out. When we are about to experience “Difficult times,” make out a list and on the morning of tell others here are some things you can do to help. “Tell me you love me, give me a kiss and tell me to do a great job.” If only we big people were as wise. (June 28, 2012)