Lifetime Dental Care - May 2018

MAY 2018 | (715) 257-4335 LIFETIME PAGES


M ay is a month of celebration. The month begins with May Day, a celebration of spring, flowers, and the unofficial transition into the warmer months. Then you have Mother’s Day, arguably the most important day of the month. This year, Mother’s Day lands on Sunday, May 13 (just in case you needed a reminder!). It’s a day we give thanks for the hard work all the mothers in our lives put in over the years. My own mother put in a lot of hard work throughout my life — there’s no doubt about it. In her younger days, she was a licensed practical nurse, a long-time assistant at an attorney’s office, and a clerical worker at a hospital. She wound down her working years volunteering at a grade school. All in all, she’s seen a lot and has been there for me, especially when it came to my education. If I needed help, she was there. She was sharp, and she knew the value of an education. I would not be where I am today without her support. I was fortunate to be an only child for 16 years before my younger brother came along. Today, my mother is 88 years old, living at home, and doing okay for her age. She needs a little help sorting out the junk mail and had to give up driving about a year ago, but other than that, she’s living it up. Here’s to all the moms in our lives! Take a few moments to let your own mom, or significant other, or sister, or daughter — or all of the above — know just how much you appreciate them and everything they do. Another May holiday I want to touch on is Memorial Day. It’s a day to acknowledge the sacrifices our service members have made over the years. They’ve kept us free and safe, decade after decade. TWO DAYS IN MAY

When it comes to Memorial Day, I always think back to my father. He fought in World War II and was at the Battle of the Bulge. He served as a foot soldier and scout with the 82nd Airborne Division, an infantry division of the U.S. Army. It was a post that ensured he saw combat, and he had the scars to prove it! He took shrapnel to the shoulder and came home with a Purple Heart. More importantly, through his experiences, he taught me the value of being a good citizen and person, all around. After the war, when he came back to the U.S., he came back through New York City. There, he was asked if he wanted to volunteer to walk in the victory parade for the end of the war. His response was simple: “No, thanks.” He decided he had walked enough as an infantryman and just wanted to get home to his family. Over Memorial Day, my mother always asks me to bring flowers up to the cemetery where my father is interred. We raise the flag and take a moment to recognize the life he led and everything he did for our country. As you grill up hamburgers this Memorial Day, I encourage you to do the same. If you have service members in your family, be sure to thank them. Then, take a moment to reflect on those brave men and women who sacrificed everything to ensure the rest of us can live the American Dream. –Dr. Anthony Butchert


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