Our children had the best pediatrician for many years, Dr. Roger Knapp. I cannot forget his kind words to me when I was a new mother and was in his office for a well child checkup. He checked the baby over, discussed developmental milestones and then he said to me, “Well, I think she’s just doing amazing. Tell me: do you have any advice I can pass along to other mothers? Because you’re doing a wonderful job with your newborn.” I think I realized even then that his goal was to imbue me with confidence because most new mothers are full of doubt, but it still felt so good to hear these words from him.
Dr. Knapp always had nuggets of wisdom to share and he frequently discussed the emotional stages that the children would pass through at each checkup. When my daughter was a pre-teen we discussed peer pressure and body image. He told her to go to the mall, sit on a bench and people watch. If she could find 5 girls that she would gladly trade bodies with, he wouldn’t believe it. Then he turned to me and said, “You too, Mom.” Because we are all plagued by self-doubt and negative body image.
Dr. Knapp had walls and walls of patient pictures. If you sent him a family Christmas card or a graduation announcement, a school picture, it went up on the wall. Every time we visited his office, we would search for our family’s pictures. The kids would laugh – “you looked like a dork that year!” They really enjoyed seeing themselves in his hall of fame.
One thing my children will never forget: Dr. Knapp’s awful, corny jokes. He told so many Aggie jokes — it was his Alma Mater — and physical puns. We would groan and laugh appreciatively.
And he was a big proponent of family meals. Dr. Knapp insisted that children who sat at a table for dinner and talked with their siblings and parents were more intelligent, had better vocabularies and were most likely to be articulate! He was a wise man and I almost cried when I took my son to see him for his final checkup at 18 and his nurse told me “this is it. Dr. Knapp doesn’t see them after they go to college.” But we were so blessed to have him with us every step of the way while raising these children.
I love to reminisce about special people who have touched my life or that of my family, and sometimes I fear that if I don’t write about a memory that I may forget the impact they’ve had on us. So thanks for indulging my trip down the lane….
The pickup schedule is abbreviated this week as I am headed to Colorado to meet someone very special! And next week will be short as well because I have a mini-vacay with my one-and-only so I plan to post that menu on the online store pretty quick.
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