My first crush was my dentist. I loved going to his office and sitting in the waiting area, like I was waiting to be whisked away for a top secret meeting of all the board members of Qatar Petroleum. He was always the kids best friend. He would talk to you like he is your age.
And if he ever said that he was disappointed in you, that’s when you knew that your teeth are messed up.
One of my favourite childhood lines was, when the dentist would take out our cavities or our milk teeth, turn around and say those magic words, ” Now for the next two days, you have to eat ONLY ice cream.”
That was Disney Land for me.
So for me going to dentist was a trip to Chaman ice cream parlour five times a day.
We went to him today after ten years. And I saw myself as the 7 year old that used to go there after every six months. We went to his house and it was magnificent. A two canal house in Defence which has four cars parked on the right and a huge beautifully tended garden on the left. Everything so precise and pristine that you would never be able to guess what sadness lies beneath all that shine. On the name plate it says, B.D.S, M.P.F.A, F.I.C.D. ( USA) and the walls are lined with certificates of recognition from all over the world.
You would never know that his 26 year old son who had just returned after becoming a Dentist as well and was about to get married, died in a fire and that very house was burned to the ground. This happened 11 years ago.
And even now he couldn’t control his tears. It was evident that the tragedy had eaten him from inside.
I had to hear the not so magical words, ” I am very disappointed in you. ” And the always heard ones, “Such different names all you guys have. “
And in that moment, I thanked Allah for all the blessings I have and seem to forget about everyday. This is one thing we have no control over.