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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
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HOW GETTING ICED IN BECAME A SPECIAL MEMORY KEEPING PERSPECTIVE DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
I started writing this on March 18, smack dab in the middle of the moment when America, and the world, really came to realize that COVID-19 is going to change the way we live our daily lives, at least for a little while. By the time this piece runs, this might be old news, but right now, it still feels very new. For me, the best way to understand how to react to this situation is to think back to something that happened to my family when I was a kid. I grew up in Indiana, and when I was 9 years old, we had a giant ice storm. The storm was so bad that it actually iced the door to our house closed. We had to have somebody from our local church come and knock the ice off to open our front door for us. We didn’t have any power for three whole weeks. All we had left were a few cans of food and whatever else was left around the house. We were iced in, and the power was out. I grew up with a single mom. She had a demanding job — she taught orchestra — and she did side jobs with orchestra and music when she wasn’t teaching. When the power outage happened, I remembered thinking, this is great . My mom was stressed out and worried, but all of a sudden, I got to spend tons of time with her that I normally wouldn’t have had.
congregation brought us out a generator so we were able to cook again. My mom was so touched by that. We could only heat one little frying pan at a time, but I remember being so excited that we could cook again and that I was tall enough to reach so I could help. This all happened 30 years ago, and I still remember it so clearly.
Right now, my oldest child is nearing the same age that I was when my family was iced in, and I am doing everything I can to keep the COVID-19 thing in perspective. I want to make this time I have at home with my family — Anderson Dental Care is temporarily closed as of this writing — a special memory for her. We’ve been getting out board games and doing puzzles, because at some point, this is all going to be a memory. It’s going to be in the past. And when that time comes, I want my kids to feel just how I felt during that ice storm. “Events like this put our lives in perspective and give us the opportunity to reevaluate priorities and time spent.”
Events like this put our lives in perspective and give us the opportunity to reeavlauate priorities and time spent. At some point, we’re going to look back at this and say, “Remember how ____?” What will be in that blank for you? Will it be remembering how scared you were, how frustrating it was, how you were out of work, or how many memories were made during that unique time? Maybe it will be all of the above, and that’s okay too, but let’s try to take advantage of this moment in time when our world has slowed down and everything but family time seems to be canceled. We truly are all in this together.
– Dr. Brooks
We got out candles so we could see. About a week into it, another member of our
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