Just got home from having my teeth cleaned. The hygienist likes to talk and I like to talk to but it is one time when I pretty much have to shut up (I hate it). So by simply listening I found out a lot of my hygienist. Such as:
- Her 19 year old son is home on break of the University of Minnesota
- He works part-time at the Dairy Queen
- He is bored and should be trying to find an internship for the summer or he’ll end up working at the Dairy Queen.
- Her 12 year old son doesn’t like to read.
- He will be 13 soon.
- Her daughter is 17 and a junior in high school.
- She wants to be a pediatric nurse.
- She doesn’t like chemistry.
- My hygienist was forced by her parents to work in a dental office during high school so she could find out if she really would like working in dentistry.
- She didn’t like it but it was pediatric dentistry and that is different.
- Kids are given a “cocktail” and strapped to boards sometimes in order to work on their teeth. (Yeah, I thought that was odd.)
- She is 47.
- Her mom has an Oral B brush but doesn’t like to keep it in the bathroom. Once it is charged up she puts it in a drawer in the bathroom but keeps the charger in her bedroom.
- My hygienist told her kids that each tooth had a name when she would brush them. This came up because she was talking about tooth 5 or tooth 18 or whatever and I said I prefer to name my teeth than to give them impersonal numbers.
That is a lot of information about one person. It’s amazing what you can learn if you shut up and just listen. I’ll have to try that sometime.