I know, I know. Posts about being thankful should be on Thursday, so the whole alliteration thing works. Eh. Sorry. It’s thankful Friday.
It was the last day of school. Rowdy kids were high on the fact that they would never be in elementary school again. They’d had enough of kiddie stuff. They were ready for the big time – middle school.
To celebrate, a bunch of them met at the lake. The sun danced across the water, the docks floated, ready to be jumped off, and, somehow, even the sand felt smoother in between their toes. They splashed into the cold water without a care. Summer was here.
Parents lined their beach chairs up on the beach and watched their kids shake off the shackles of elementary school and grow up all in the span of one afternoon.
The kids jumped off the dock. They pushed each other off the dock. But without lifeguards the innocent fun turned into a boy vs girl war and who would control the dock. This meant more pushing and shoving and pulling.
Somehow, one girl slipped on the ladder and her tooth cracked against the hard metal. Blood poured from her mouth. She struggled to shore, her classmates not sure if she was kidding or not.
Reaching the beach, she searched in vain for her mother. “Where’s my mom?” she cried. Well, her mom had left her in the care of the parents where she was about to spend the night that night. So she wasn’t there.
After getting over the shock, parents jumped up to help her, pulling out napkins and water bottles to rinse her mouth, offering a hug and kind words.
One man jumped up from his beach chair. “Is it her tooth?”
This man and his wife happened to be dentists. Wearing flip-flops and bathing suits, they brought the girl to their office, stopped the bleeding and glued half of her front tooth back on. The mom arrived, shaken and feeling bad she wasn’t there. Friends brought flowers and good wishes.
I’m thankful for our friends, who happen to be dentists, who gave up their free time to treat my daughter like she was their own. It really meant a lot to me.
What are you thankful for?