Scene: 9:30 pm. A Pediatric Dentist and his wife turn in early because they are living the dream. His cell phone rings.
Women with heavy German accent: Dr. Rencher?
Woman: I am Olga from the Hutterite colony Summerfest. (name and colony made up) Are you going Black Friday shopping?
PD: Uhm, maybe?
Woman: Could you buy me something?
PD: I guess… (said with intense confusion.)
Woman: Could you get me a steam iron at Sears? It is normally $40 but is on sale for $20.
PD: OK (said with hesitation.)
Woman: I will be bringing my children Monday and I will pay for it then. I promise to pay for it.
PD: I’m not worried.
Woman: OK. Thank you. Goodbye.
PD turns to wife: I’ve never had that happen before. Is this normal?
Wife: Yes. In Germany, in the 1800’s when the Hutterites left, people would often ask their Pediatric Dentist to go Black Friday shopping for them. And then they brought him a live chicken.
(Or perhaps the better question may be why my husband agreed to buy a steam iron for a random person because he’s their kids’ dentist. If this gets out, we may be using the extra office space to open a personal shopping business. We match your fillings with a nice hat and glove set.)