Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"

   

   FAX OF

      LIFE

 

 

The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

April 27, 1997                                                                              Vol. 2,   No. 25

 

The Woodwork Angel

 

My teeth screamed. I couldn't neglect them any longer. I finally ignored my fear of dentists and decided to get them fixed. But how? I was a college sophomore and barely supported myself with part-time jobs.

 

Maybe I could fix the worst one. I flipped open the Yellow Pages and called the first dentist within walking distance. The receptionist told me to come right over. As I hurried across the campus, I forgot the pain in worrying about how I would pay the bill.

 

In a few minutes I was in a chair being examined by a dentist who said,

 

"Hmm!" as he surveyed the wreckage of my mouth. "Your teeth are in bad shape."

 

"I already know that," I snapped, in a smart-aleck way to hide my fear.

 

"But don t worry, I'm going to fix them."

 

"No, you're not. I can't afford to pay you." I started climbing out of the chair.

 

"What are you doing?"

 

"I told you, I have no money."

 

"You re a student at the university, aren t you?"

 

What difference does that make? "Yes . . . "

 

"You're going to graduate in a few years, aren't you?"

 

"I hope so."

 

"Well, then,. that's when you'll pay me. Meantime, you concentrate on your classes and leave the dentistry to me."

 

I stared at him. He really meant it. He calmly picked up his tools and fixed the aching cavity.

 

From that day on, I saw him every week until my teeth were in good shape. And he kept them that way with regular checkups. After graduation, I got a job and settled his bill in a few months.

 

In the 40 years following, I've learned to call this man a "woodwork angel." These are strangers who appear out of nowhere--out of the woodwork--when I need help. They've lent and given me money, materials or equipment; they've taught me skills and helped me organize groups; sometimes they've rescued me from danger or making a big mistake. so, dentist dear, wherever you are, bless you and thank you again!

 

                                                                                     ----  Varda One

 

 

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