What do teeth and feet have to do with Thanksgiving? (besides walking to the table and eating)

I wanted to share an inspiring Thanksgiving story:

Dr. John Jurcisin is a podiatrist in New York City. He’s 49 and married to FOF Dr. Doris Giraldo, a dentist. They have two beautiful daughters, 11 and 14. They also share an office suite. I can’t resist saying they provide head-to-toe service.

“Dr. J,” as many of his patients call him, loves to cook. He learned from his father, a former teacher, who came home from work hours before his wife. “My dad was strict and thought we should eat every night at 5:30. Since my mom didn’t get home till then, dad made dinner during the week,” Dr. J explained.

Dr. J is cooking today’s Thanksgiving feast. When I asked him who is on the guest list,  he said: “My brother and sister and their families, my parents  and two of my patients.”

Every year, before turkey day, Dr. J asks his patients where they’re going for the holiday. “If  someone is going to be alone, I invite him or her to join us.” Today, two patients, one 75 and the other 80, are joining the good doctor. “They don’t know each other,” he said.

Surely, Dr. J will make them feel like family by the end of the meal.

Happy Thanksgiving to Dr. J and his family.

0 Responses to “What do teeth and feet have to do with Thanksgiving? (besides walking to the table and eating)”

  1. Toby Wollin says:

    Heh..Geri..I thought you were going to do a riff on ‘hoof and mouth disease…” but you avoided that. Very nice story. It’s good to remember that there are going to be people, for various reasons who don’t have family around them during the holiday season and it’s a good deed to include them in our festivities. Being alone is no fun.

  2. Heather Chapple says:

    A lovely story ……all the best for a great T’Day!

    • Geri says:

      Thanks Heather.

      I hope you had a wonderful day.



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