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Milkshakes, Mom & Me

Updated on May 9, 2018

My First Visit to the Dentist

It's 11 o'clock on a Monday morning, and I'm in the waiting room of the dentist's. Thinking about my appointment got me reminiscing of my first visit to the dentist when I was seventeen years old. I'm just as nervous as I was then with this being my first time seeing Dr. Temple.

Going to the dentist has always been a real big issue with me. Once I had to pay for a visit and never even saw the dentist, because I plum chickened out when it came my turn to see him. That one still get's my husband a little "unnerved."

You would be pleased with me. Over the years I have gotten a little bit better, but it's only because of something my mom did on that first visit to the orthodontist.

I'd like to share a short story of how my mom handled dentist appointments in an compassionate manner.

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Going to the Dentist for the First Time

Teenagers can still be babies when it comes to seeing the dentist.

My mom set up the appointment. I really can't recall what the problem was or even if there was one. This would be the first time for me to go to a dentist. She knew how nervous I was, especially because of the bad reports from my siblings.

My sisters had been several times to the orthodontist due to their all wearing braces, so they really didn't have any positive things to share with me at this time. Besides, if they did, they weren't going to tell me and probably hoped I would have to wear braces also.

We arrived at this small little building that looked nothing like what I had pictured. It has three floors, just like in this photo, but only the bottom floor was the dentist's office.

I can still see it in my mind as if it just happened. The waiting room looked no larger than an oversized bathroom, nothing like the one I'm in right now. No one was waiting to go in; it was only mom and me.

Forget Relaxing

Forget relaxing; I couldn't. Back and forth I paced in the small area, peering out the windows that overlooked the street. Perhaps someone else has a visit and would walk in right at that moment, forcing me to postpone my appointment for a bit longer.

Of course, that didn't happen and into the office I went. Before I knew it I was done. To be honest, I don't remember anything about the dentist part at all. I guess it went well, because I never had to wear braces. The thing that has always stood out in my memory of going to any dentist came after the visit.

We left the office by the front door and walked around to the side of the building where mom had parked. Settled in the car she pulled out into traffic putting on her left blinker light only a few feet away from the doctor's office. My mouth was sore, but I was relieved it was all over.

Double Ice Cream Cones

Google images NJ ice cream stand
Google images NJ ice cream stand

This print is very much like the sign on the Twin Kiss Custard Stand that mom and I would visit so many times. It was great because you could have 4 different flavors if you liked with a double, double. That is double cones with double scoops.

Twin Kiss Custard Stand

They had double sided cones for your twist flavored ice creams.

Making another left mom pulled into the Twin Kiss Custard Stand parking lot. What's this? I thought. Mom must have wanted some ice cream. She loved it and certainly ate her share especially when she was expecting!

Then she surprised me when she asked if I wanted a milkshake. Something must be wrong I thought.... "I just got out of the dentist's mom." She assured me that she did realize it and that it would be alright.

At first I thought "ice cream" would be too cold and might hurt. I quickly changed my mind since milkshakes were a rare thing in our family. That probably wasn't the first chocolate milkshake I ever had, but it is the most remembered and special one I have drank.

Milkshakes, Mom & Me

I don't know if my mother ever took my siblings for milkshakes after coming from the dentist's, but when I had to see him it was milkshakes, mom and me. She knew how to turn an uncomfortable situation around with something as simple as a milkshake.

From that first appointment to the dentist to this very day I still connect the two things, and oddly find it comforting when the whole ordeal is over knowing that there is a chocolate milkshake with my name on it waiting for me!

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Did you know that a black & white in ice cream parlors refers to vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.

So here I am, today at the dentist's.

It's already been twenty minutes now waiting to see the doctor. I can hear him out in the hallway.

I'm sitting in the dental chair with a pink bib lying on my chest still jotting down notes for this article. The tech just took an ex-ray. Ooh, it doesn't look good. It will have to come out I'm sure.

In the meantime, my husband is in here with me anticipating when the dentist will make his arrival. He glances over in my direction and just asked me,

"Where am I taking you from here?"

"Home," I say thinking he could read my mind.

"What, no milkshake?" he replies with a smile.

Looking at him I answered, "Well, of course ... then home."

Yep, here it is. My chocolate milkshake. As sweet as the memory! Thanks Mom!

Yep, here it is. My chocolate milkshake. As sweet as the memory! Thanks Mom!
Yep, here it is. My chocolate milkshake. As sweet as the memory! Thanks Mom!

Relive the good old days with quick, thick shakes at home.

Milkshake & Ice Cream Soda Supplies

These are the supplies that I have at home for when I want to make my own milkshakes (they taste so good). Having extra shake cups allows you to make several shakes; you can find those from the milk shake link above as well.

General Store by Gibson Embossed Clear Glass 12 oz Milk Shake Glass (4 Pack)

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These 4 12 oz. Vintage style milk shake glasses are dishwasher safe and come in a set of four.


Our Long Handle Spoons

I like serving our milkshakes in a soda fountain glass with a spoon and straw. It brings back good memories while making new ones.

My long spoons which we affectionately call "the 18 inch spoons", are great for reaching the bottom of the glass when we make thick shakes, ice cream sodas or sundaes.

We purchased two sets use these spoons because we use them for so many things besides beverages, like reaching to the bottom of those big peanut butter or mayonnaise jars!

Whatever way you choose to make your milkshake, it will come out tasting great with the Hamilton Beach Chrome Drink Mixer.

Long Handle Stainless Steel Spoon Set

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Long Handle Spoon, MCIRCO Stainless Steel Spoon Set Mixing Spoon Ice Cream Spoon Long Spoon Iced Tea Spoon Coffee Spoon Dessert Spoon Milkshake Spoon,Set of 8(Ice spoon)

Long handle stirring spoons are great for all your cold beverage needs.

Use them for lemonade, iced tea, ice coffee, milkshakes, root beer floats and of course, ice cream sundaes.

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How to Make A Milkshake

How to Make A Milkshake

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      @EmmaGraceEllis LM: Your sweet girls will love the memories even more because you made a difficult situation seem not so bad.

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 

      4 years ago

      Gorgeous, when all you have is memories and traditions, hold on to them like you'll never let go :-)

      Thanks for the idea too, my daughters will definitely be happy to visit the dentist if they know a milkshake with mum is on the cards


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      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting lens favored1. Appreciate you sharing this personal story going to the dentist. As I was reading this lens I could feel the apprehension and nerves building inside you because I have had those same feelings when I first started going to the dentist. However, I never got treated to anything afterwards except for a numb and sore mouth to where I could barely talk; or felt like talking. My dentist appointments were normally scheduled during working hours so I had to return to work and suffer there instead. It sure would have been appreciated if my mom had treated me to ice cream or a milkshake like your mom did because I really enjoy ice cream; especially old fashion homemade ice cream. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by my Old Fashion Made Ice Cream lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the ice cream favored1 and try making it at home. Purple Star...Fantastic! Well Done Lens! Bon Appetit!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      What a wonderful story of a parents love. The little things really do mean a lot and to a child they become precious life time memories.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      @DebMartin: I don't know why mom picked milkshakes. She did love ice cream, but we didn't get too many desserts as kids. Glad she did though.

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      5 years ago

      I can't even remember when I first went to the dentist. I know I got braces in 7th grade. But much before those braces is a blur. Milkshakes. What a wonderful tradition. You've got one smart Mom!

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      @KimGiancaterino: I never heard of anyone having to wear braces more than once. You certainly deserve a few milkshakes I'd say. Nice to see you Kim.

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful story. Your mom sure knew how to make a dentist visit fun. I've had braces three times, so dentist visits were just a normal part of life for me. Luckily, I've found several good ones over the years.

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      5 years ago

      In retirement with a limited income, dentist visits are very rare. If something hurts, I go...

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      5 years ago

      I can't eat ice cream or milkshakes now, I do make some sorbet. I used to have milkshakes. My favorite was strawberry. There was not much choice in the old days. It was vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. I don't know if there are other choices these days. I guess it depends upon where you are shopping for your shake. If you go to Foster's - you can get a plethora of flavors. The last shake I had was a cheesecake shake at Foster's! Yum it was so good! Lovely lens! :D

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      @BarbsSpot: Thanks. I appreciate the visit. I have a relative that has to be put under also when they are at the dentist. Glad to hear your daughter has gotten over her fear.

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      5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Very unique Lens! Great pictures of shakes and makes! I never had a problem going to the dentist, but my daughter was a fearful disaster, for some reason. Had to be sedated to get jus the smallest amount of work done. Poor thing. She didn't really get over her fear until mid-thirties. Congratulations on your Purple Star for this interesting Lens!

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      5 years ago

      Milkshake & Ice Cream is so delicious.

      btw, I have never visited to the dentist.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      @Camden1: You sound like my mom, only I can't remember getting out of school for any appointments. No Sonic or Dairy Queen where we lived (and still isn't). Old fashioned custard stands only.

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      5 years ago

      I always schedule the kids' dentists appointment during the school day (so at least they're not missing any summer or vacation fun), and then we always go to Sonic or Dairy Queen for treats afterwards.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It was when they had to do a root canal.


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