Elkins Dental - April 2020




(Unless Your Name Is Russell)

Hi there! It’s been a pretty wild month, hasn’t it? It’s been hard to keep up and process everything, and I think we’ve all been doing the best we can, given the circumstances. Rather than focus on events we can’t predict, I decided I’d use this space to share some of what’s been going on in my world. While our lives look a little different right now, there’s still a lot to be grateful for, and I’m trying to keep that in mind as much as possible these days. For my birthday last month, Beth got me tickets to a concert (it’s postponed for now, but I’m looking forward to going later), and we celebrated with the rest of our family and enjoyed cake, ice cream, and plenty of treats. Evie has been at home with us while she takes a semester off college, and it’s been nice to have her here. She’s working at a memory care facility, and she seems to be a natural with hospice care. She shows so much love and support for those who are in this stage of life. She’s planning to go back to school, but for now, it’s great to see her doing well where she is. It definitely takes a certain personality to do a job like that — one full of empathy. I know a lot of people look forward to April Fools’ Day, but it always seems to escape my mind. I can appreciate a fun practical joke that doesn’t come at the expense of anyone, but I never really think to play them. My brother Russell, on the other hand, is a born prankster. You have to take everything he says with a grain of salt. He’s always been that way. In his work as a lab tech, he’s very focused and works by himself most of the day, listening to music and working intently on crafting the crowns we use at our office. But when there’s the opportunity for a prank, he is the first person to get scheming. Maybe it goes with the name, because my son Russell is the same way. He’s a born prankster, too. A “memory” on Facebook from over

five years ago recently popped up, and it reminded me just how mischievous my son Russell can be. Leila, who must have been around 3 at the time, came up to me and said, “Dad, if I got a present and opened it and there was poop inside, I would know that it was from my brother Russell.” I remember being shocked this came out of her mouth, but at the same time, there was some truth to what she said. While I don’t think Russell would ever take a prank that far, Leila had been on the receiving end of enough pranks to be wary. Even at 3, she knew her brother was a prankster and that she should be on alert. Well, I’ll leave you with those stories to hopefully provide some entertainment and distraction from everything else going on. In this season, I’m wishing all the best to everyone. Remember to show one another compassion, be patient with yourself and others, and never underestimate the power of humor.

–Dr. Elkins

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