Those that have been following me on Google’s Answer to Facebook will have learned that I got the wonderful opportunity to experience the adventure of a root canal last Tuesday.
But even if you haven’t, I’ll explain that I was dreading Thanksgiving a little bit because the endodontist only put a temporary filling in (as they do) and it’ll be next Monday before the dentist can put something permanent in– probably an alloy. The silver lining, however, is next Monday is well within the 30 day deadline they set.
Long story short, I didn’t ruin the temp filling that I know of, and dinner at my folks (because Cimmy’s parents couldn’t do it this year… they deserve a break) was good, overall. But… while stuck trying to decide whether my face or my back hurt more, I forgot to thank my mother for the lovely dinner-feast she worked hard on. (According to my father, being an only child, she doesn’t really do the “goes without saying” stuff well that we with siblings tend to do.) So… y’know, bit of family drama and exit with hurt feelings. Not totally bad, though, see… we left before Boy could have a meltdown, and I don’t mean that facetiously. We left at exactly the perfect time for him (even if it wasn’t perfect for the rest of us).
My darling wife came up with the perfect solution: a thank you card. So soon after we got home, I wrote something out about what we were thankful for
- Thanksgiving dinner
- Our house (we would have never made the downpayment without my folks’ help)
- Food at the end of the month when we started scraping the cupboards.
Anyways, although it might be a temptation to wallow and commiserate in family drama that happens at Thanksgiving, I wanted to end on a note keeping with the spirit of the occasion. Not to mention saying I really have noticed that hand-written letters and thank-you notes DO make a difference. They really, really do! They’ve made a difference with friends, family, and virtual strangers. (Remember the postal bliss thing? Can’t remember if I blogged about that.)
Do be a big favor, and consider sending something like that to someone you love. Or better yet, someone you hate or are even indifferent to. See what happens. I’ll let you know how our results turn out… probably as soon as tomorrow.