How does one reduce to a single blogging entry a day like today? Five young people were baptised today. It has been a great day. My daughter, Sara, was baptised. It seems either that I should say no more or that whatever I have to say should be profound enough to capture the meaning of the afternoon. I doubt that my words will be adequate.
Out of the brokenness of our world comes a little girl. We, looking for a child to adopt, are given a gift so precious and so full of promise that in the accepting of her to our home we become the ones most blessed. We didn’t ask for a child with any special talents, just a child to care for and share our love with. We didn’t require that she be intelligent, just a child that needed a place where we could help her reach as much of her potential as she could. Letitia – “Joy” the name she had been given. Sara – “Princess” our name chosen for her. Sara Letitia is a joy and a princess and a blessing.
God, touch her life with your hand and help her to grow reaching the potential which you have given her. Let us not get in your way but give us the wisdom to be parents to her. Help her to put you first in her life and grant her your protection throughout it.
Yesterday, I got a call midmorning while I was out running around doing my usual Saturday am groceries and stuff. This time it was from my office manager. My partner has been on call this past week and fighting this bad cold/bronchitis thing that has been going around. He was in to one of our minor emergency facilities getting checked out and while he was unavailable an emergency call had come in. L. was fielding his calls for him and this one seemed an emergency that I needed to be in on.
A mother had called for her son(mothers tend to do this for sons long after they should be able to call on their own). The evening before, in a hockey game, her son had been cross checked right in the mouth! And he was just about to get his braces off in about a month. Two of his teeth were still attached to the braces but were not anywhere near their required “straight” positions any longer. And his lip was pretty badly cut up as well. HELP!!
I do a fair amount of orthodontics so fortunatly for him, the right office was on call. We got him in, determined that the teeth were not broken, froze him and pushed the teeth back into position(almost straight). I think I’ve just gained a new patient that needs at least two root canals now.
And this guy was sent away with a mouthguard. Please, please, please – if you play hockey or fool around on the ice or the road in front of your house with a stick, is it too much trouble to save yourself about a thousand dollars by buying and wearing at the very least a simple $40 mouthguard.
So ends my dentist’s rant!