The Naked Kid
My boss was telling me about a dentist friend of his, and how he handled a tear-away 10 year-old named Robbie.
Picture this … and it really is a true story.
Robbie turns up at the dental office, ready for battle.
“Get in the chair, young man,” said the dentist.
“No chance!” Robbie shoots back.
“Son, I told you to climb into the chair…”
Robbie stared at his opponent and then replied, “If you make me get in that chair, I will take off all my clothes.”
The dentist calmly said, “Son, take ‘em off.”
So he removes his shirt, shoes and socks.
“All right, son, now get on the chair.”
“You didn’t hear me,“ blurts out Robbie. “I said if you make me get on that chair, I will take off all my clothes.”
“Son, take ‘em off.”
Off come the pants and undies, leaving Robbie standing totally naked before the dentist and his assistant.
“Now, son, get in the chair”
Robbie did as he was told. And afterwards, grumpily says, “Now give me my clothes.”
But the dentist refused. He actually told Robbie that he was keeping the clothes, and that his mum could pick them up the next day.
Remember, this is a true story … Robbie’s mum walks her totally naked son back to the car and drove him home.
The next day, when she came back for his clothes, here’s what Robbie’s mum told the dentist: “You don’t know how much I appreciate what happened here. You see, Robbie has been blackmailing me about his clothes for years. You are the first person who has called his bluff, and the impact has been incredible!”
Kids are kids … they’ll always push the boundaries. But I think that they want to know that there’s a safety net keeping them from going too far.