Traditions, Connections, and a Few Indulgences IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
The end of the year is always a whirlwind of meaningful celebration and reflection for us all. It’s a time to look back on how far we’ve come, appreciate everything we currently have, and look forward to a bright new year.
Dr. Jan and the bird dog trainer before hunting season opened
To that end, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say this time of year holds a special place in my heart for an additional reason. We’re officially in the midst of quail- and pheasant-hunting season! The weekend kicked off in mid-November and runs through the end of January. You can bet we were out there on opening weekend, and we’ll spend every spare weekend we have doing one of the things we love most. Hunting season always signifies a meaningful time because of the moments it affords us to spend with close friends. On opening weekend, we were joined by dear friends of ours at our cabin just outside Wichita. Hunting always brings about such a great sense of camaraderie. It’s a wonderful chance to connect with friends, feel the invigorating spirit of being in nature, and indulge in a warm meal of tender quail at the end of a long day. If that’s not something I can be thankful for, then I’ll be the first to say I have a lot more reflecting to do. As we head into another new year and a brand-new decade, I really am thankful to be able to take a step back and look with gratitude on the life I lead. I have a wonderful family, a meaningful career, and passionate friendships that all contribute to a fulfilling life. I’m excited to discover what 2020 has in store.
Masterpiece Smiles had its annual open house in early December, and it’s something we look forward to every single year. It’s a chance to spend time with our patients without having to write it into the calendar, meaning it’s a genuine moment to open our practice and our hearts to those who allow us to contribute to this wonderful community. We saw a lot of familiar faces, heard some favorite stories, and learned so many new things. We broke bread and cheered glasses with the people who have helped us get where we are today, and we couldn’t have been more thankful for that opportunity. I’m also thankful that the good tidings will continue through Christmas, when Susie and I will head out to San Francisco to spend the holiday with our daughter and grandson. It’s not every year that we get the privilege of traveling to see them, so we’re really looking forward to sharing this season with both of them. It truly is a treat to spend time with family and reflect on the year we’ve all had, witnessing how much my grandson seems to grow every time we see him. Time marches on for all of us, and we can either sit still and hold on tight or enjoy the ride and indulge in the passage of time by living life to the fullest.
Dr. Jan taking a break with hunting buddy, Ken
From all of us here at Masterpiece Smiles, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!
–Dr. Jan L. Cobble
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