When I first arrived at the Kellogg School in 1980, I was offered a “foster relative” family to help me adapt to American life. I had to be one of the students coming the shortest distance — it’s a 10-hour drive from Toronto to Evanston — but Charlie and MaryAnn welcomed me, and they’ve remained as members of my extended family for over 25 years.
I haven’t been to the Chicago area much over the years, so I mostly came over to hang out. This included going out with MaryAnn to walk the dog.
Charlie has been interviewing candidates to work in his dental office, and asked if I could recommend any profiling tests. Since health care is really a calling, I suggested that he might try one of the enneagram tests.
MaryAnn tried it, too.
Reviewing the tour of the nine enneagram types, there was some interesting prescriptions. In development profiles, Charlie needs to learn to look after himself better, and MaryAnn needs to learn to have more fun. The kids are all grown up now, so they’re empty-nesters.
Charlie has been working towards opening a new office in the redeveloped area of the old Glenview Naval Air Station.
Charlie’s office has always been around the Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park, but the hospital is moving downtown. He’ll be hopping between offices, but has partners in his practice who will share the load.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Life is too short not to remember friends … and those so close to be considered extended family.