The New Dentist

Everyone has been guilty of looking at others who are about the same age and thinking... surely I cannot look that old?  I'm sure you've done the same.  You may enjoy this short story.

While waiting for my first appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his certificate, which bore his full name.  Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40 years ago.  Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought.  This balding, gray- haired man with the deeply lined face was too old to have been my classmate.

After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended the local high school.  "Yes," he replied.

"When did you graduate?" I asked.  He answered, "In 1957."

"Why, you were in my class!"  I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely and then asked, "What did you teach?"


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