INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK – BEWARE THE DENTAL ASSISTANT: A PAINFULLY TRUE STORY by Mark H. Newhouse
INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
BEWARE THE DENTAL ASSISTANT
A PAINFULLY TRUE STORY
by Mark H. Newhouse
This inspiring story is a humorous one, but remember, humor is also inspiring!
In Beware, the Dental Assistant, Mark asks the question,
how much trouble can you get into by visiting your neighborhood dentist?
In his case, it was plenty of trouble!
Trouble began the day his dentist’s beautiful, young dental assistant placed a bib around his neck. He was feeling relaxed until she asked, “Mr. Newhouse, don’t you recognize me?”
A chill raced through his body. Mark said he prayed that she wasn’t one of his former sixth grade students. Living near the school where he worked, he had had such encounters a number of times before, but never dreamt it could happen at the office of the dentist he had used for year.
But Mark realized he was wrong when she said, “Mr. Newhouse, I’m Lilah*”
He remembered Lilah all too well. She had been a lovely child, but the summer before she was in his class, she had somehow gotten his phone number and called his home repeatedly. She would breathlessly whisper, “I love you,” or “I can’t wait to be in your class next year.” Then she would hang up without ever mentioning her name.
But once school began, Mark said all year long she sat in the front row of his classroom making ‘cow eyes’ at him. And this was the same young woman who was now hi’s dental assistant? Not good. But it got even worse when she asked, “Mr. Newhouse, did you know I had a terrible crush on you when I was in your class?”
Mark thought it best to cut short that conversation and asked the dentist to assign him a different assistant on his next appointment.
Later he recalled that his father always said, “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.” He just didn’t think it applied to dental assistants.
* This name was changed to protect this woman’s identity.
Watch frames 5:29 – 7:19 for more details about Mark’s humorous story.