Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another Tooth Bites the Dust

I'm not going to worry.  I mean, it's completely normal for a five year old to have already lost 5 teeth, right?  For her six year molars to appear a little early?  She's just...mature for her age.  

I had to check her birth certificate just to be sure there wasn't some mistake.  Nope.  She's definitely five.

Usually the tooth fairy is flat out broke, but luckily she has four bucks in her wallet.  Back when I was a kid, you'd get 25 cents per tooth.  I can remember a week-long period when I actually considered removing my own teeth as a way to purchase an Easy-Bake Oven.  True, I would have been the only 7 year old with dentures, but at least I could bake my OWN CAKES.  Absolutely worth it.

Nora is a professional tooth puller now.  There's no squeamishness at all.  She just reaches in, twists, spits the blood in the sink, asks for an envelope and gets into bed with the little pearl of a tooth tucked safely under her pillow.

I think every mom probably remembers every baby tooth that she holds in her hand at some point down the line.  Teething is a painful experience.  I mean, just think about it.  I'll include a paragraph break here, so you to have enough time to consider the process adequately.

When Nora was particularly uncomfortable, I'd take one of my good cotton napkins (clean, of course), run it under water, ring it out and put it in the freezer.  In an hour there would be a frozen, gingham napkin sculpture, crinkled and stiff, ready for gnawing.  Nora loved them when she was teething.

Anyway, I'd better look for the four dollars I seem to remember having.  If they aren't there, I'm afraid Nora will have to settle for a check.

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