La, La, La, La, La, La… Remember when you didn’t want to hear what someone had to say as a kid? You’d put your hands over your ears and made the La, La, La, La sound with your voice. Meaning I can’t hear you. In other words, you’re shutting out something you didn’t want to hear. Then when you’d become a teenager, you matured into the tuning out to your parent’s suggestions or instructions. We call what teenagers do selective hearing. And by the way many of us still do that throughout our adult life on a regular basis. However, it is not so much selective hearing as it is selective knowing. Follow me.
I don’t read…
You can’t always believe…
I don’t want to know.
I don’t know politics.
I didn’t see your text.
Email me that.
I’m just so busy.
But wait there’s more. Yet I’ll pause here.
Recently I was speaking with a dentist. Nowadays, good or bad it’s a freak event for me to be in a dental office. The dentist appeared to be early to mid-forties. Yet I found out that she was about age fifty-eight. As we chatted intermittently I saw no lines on her face as were on mine.
“Well, that’s what happens when you grow up with not much. We couldn’t afford dental care.” I volleyed back.
“You could’ve used an orthodontist as a kid.” She stated, poking around.
“I think I had one cleaning in my first eighteen years and three visits for issues before I was eighteen.” I commented. She nodded.
“Wow! That’s some old metal.” She said.
“December 1991. I think it was the day after Christmas. I took my little sister to the movie theatre to see ‘Cape Fear’ with Robert DeNiro in it.” I replied.
“Looks like I can smooth it down and refill it. I’ll take x-rays just to make sure.” She stated.
“Okay. I know the exact date that tooth took a hit.” I added. Then I told her part of the story.
“You were what…?” The dentist a bit stunned, remarked.
“Yeah… So, the tooth didn’t seem to have an issue till it broke four months or so later in a movie theatre that day. So that filling is over 31 years old.” I said.
“It’s okay to take an x-ray with you. Isn’t’ it?” She asked.
“Yeah sure.” I replied.
Quite often adults will make every excuse as to why they didn’t ingest proper food or water over time. Or they didn’t go for walks or exercise regularly. And then they’re remedied with medication. However, there are few safety nets to catch us—correcting the overall outcome of happenings outside of our community, let alone within our community. If we decide to be unaware of current events by not reading and researching outside of a couple sources—then society as a whole will be aided into avoidable pitfalls with our unwillingness to care. ---Jody-Lynn Reicher