Elkins Dental - June 2020




Spaceships, Raspberries, and Almost-Finished Guitars

H ello there! Can you believe it’s June? Spring flew by. I’m grateful for warmer weather and sunnier days, and I know my family is too! The older kids have been working, but for the younger kids, it’s been tough to stay entertained. Now that it’s warmer, they can play outside a lot more, and I think that’s been good for all of us. It felt awesome to step back into the office and see my team and patients again at the beginning of May. I have to admit, in addition to missing everyone at the office, I was starting to miss my routine. There’s something really great about getting up early and working out first thing — it makes me feel like I’ve already gotten the day off to a successful start. It’s funny because I don't know that I ever would have told you I’d miss early mornings, or early morning workouts, before all this. But I guess that’s the thing about going through something like we all have — it makes you realize some of the things you’ve been taking for granted, and it helps you appreciate them a little more. In case you’re wondering about the status of that guitar I’m building for my friend, it’s going great! The guitar itself just has to sit for a few more weeks to let the hard coat set before I can polish it. It feels awesome to get to this point. It was a fun project to work on. Plus, there’s something really cool about making it with the intention of giving it

away. My friend is really excited for me to send it to him so he can start working on it and put in all the electronics. A guitar wasn’t the only thing I built while I was home. I also built a Millennium Falcon out of LEGOs. It turned out pretty well, don’t you think? I think Evie and Russell were right to look concerned — I would be too if that ship were coming right for me! Besides warmer weather, I’m also looking forward to the fresh produce that this season brings. Beth is usually the one who takes care of the garden in our family. (I’m more likely to run to the store for an orange than to grow one.) But I do have some nice raspberry bushes that I’ve cultivated.They’re pretty easy to plant and keep alive, and it’s really enjoyable to see the fruits of your labors come to fruition.There’s nothing like going to pick a fresh raspberry just out your back door! What are you growing this year? I hope the start of summer brings good things for you and your family. I look forward to seeing you at the office, and until then, be well and enjoy this beautiful time of year!

–Dr. Elkins

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