Let’s say you think a guy might ask you out.
How would you learn a little bit about him before saying yes?
Fran Bouc found a source you might not think of.
Back in 1982, Fran worked as a dental assistant in the office of a Fremont dentist.
Tom Geisler, a local farmer, was a patient.
Fran and Tom had spotted each other during his appointments, but she had never assisted with any of his dental work.
Other than exchanging a smile and hello, they had never talked.
Tom thought Fran, a slender blonde with pretty blue eyes, was cute. He thought she was friendly and seemed to have a nice word for everyone who walked into the office. She’d ask patients about their grandkids, how their crops were doing and how their vacation went.
So Tom called the office receptionist and left a message for Fran to call him.
When Fran got the message, she figured he wanted to ask her out.
She liked the idea. He seemed friendly and she liked his thick, wavy brown hair. Plus, he had a nice smile.
But before Fran called him back, she pulled his dental records.
Good teeth were important to Fran, and she wanted to make sure Tom had a healthy set behind that smile.
Fran liked what she saw in the records. He came in every six months for teeth cleaning and a checkup. He didn’t have many cavities, so he must be brushing and flossing regularly. When he did get a cavity, the records showed he always had it fixed quickly.
The records also showed he arrived for appointments on time and didn’t cancel.
She did notice that a molar in the back of his mouth had gone bad a few years earlier. The tooth had to be pulled, and Tom chose to have the dentist put in a bridge — an expensive procedure. Some patients decide, particularly for a back tooth, just to leave a gap.
So what did Fran make of all that?
She figured he was a responsible, considerate, punctual guy who cared about his health.
She was satisfied, so she called Tom back and he asked her out.
On their first date, they ate dinner at the old Andy’s Pizza in Fremont and caught a movie.
They had a lot in common because Tom farmed and Fran grew up on a farm near Colon, Neb.
They spent a lot of time with their families at Christmas gatherings, birthdays and graduation parties.
The couple danced to the music of the Rumbles at the Oak Ballroom in Schuyler, Neb., and the old Ranch Bowl in Omaha.
After a few years they got engaged, and started fixing up a 100-year-old farmhouse together in Hooper, Neb., while they both lived with their parents. They painted, repaired and stripped away 14 layers of wallpaper.
On May 2, 1987, Fran and Tom married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Colon, Neb.
They farm corn and beans together, still live in that farmhouse and were blessed with two sons. On their wedding anniversary, Tom gives Fran a yellow rose for each year of marriage. In May, he gave her 25.
Tom still has a nice smile, and is glad those dental records provided Fran with a good report.
You don’t have tell him about the benefits of flossing.