What is it About Chocolate?
Over a quarter century I have made very few errors in my daily interaction with my staff. When you are surrounded by a dozen women all day, you do have to pay attention and learn though.
There used to be a magazine in the bathroom and the lead article was ‘Ten Loveable Bunny Crafts.’ The cover photo was some kid whose mama had decked out for school in a floppy ears and odd looking nose get-up. I took the magazine up front and said, “What the heck kinda mama would make their kid go to school looking like that?”
In return I got a room full of icy stares. Then one said, “Dr. B that’s precious.”
I left the article in the bathroom for a decade to remind me I was but a dumb man.
The biggest mistake I ever made was over chocolate though. Some drug rep came by one day to tell me about a new product. At the end of his presentation he pulled out some bright colored tins. “Care for any chocolate? This is from Europe.”
I picked up one of the tins. “Man, looks expensive. I just had lunch, so I guess not. Appreciate it though.”
I got ready to see another patient, and one of my staff members walked by. “What did that man have Dr. B?”
“Aw, just another ace inhibitor. Crowded market there. Had some fancy tins of chocolate from Europe too.”
“Chocolates?” She all but giggled. “Can I have some?”
“Uh, I didn’t get any.”
“What do you mean?! The man brought free chocolate and you didn’t get us any?” She was beyond disappointed.
“Uh well, I mean… gee, uh… I wasn’t hungry.”
I got a ‘you sure are a dumb man’ look. Word spread quickly. In twelve seconds I was in the office staff doghouse.
I took a quick look to be sure my patient didn’t have an emergency and dashed out to the parking lot. I caught the man as he was about to pull out, and rapped on his door. He rolled down the window.
“Hey pal,” I asked. “Maybe I better get some of that chocolate after all. My staff might like it.”
“Sure, Doc. How much do you want?”
“I’ll take all you can give me.” (For a man I am a quick study.)
I went from goat to hero, and it was one of the most contented days at the place I ever recall. I still don’t know exactly what it is about chocolate, but I’ll never forgot the lesson. I believe I’ll go buy some this week-end. Mondays are always tough at the office, and it might make for a better day.
I have learned it is best to follow good advice. What kind of chocolate do you guys think I should get?
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