Linking up with Kate Says Stuff for Thankful Thursday!
Teeth and I have a difficult relationship.
When I was four, I couldn't wait for my aunt, who was nine at the time, to get off a swing. I really wanted to get on that swing and she told me to just hang on a second while she got off but I was a four year old version of my impatient self and ran towards her as she was swinging out... Her boots collided with my mouth, I reeled backwards and then I remember lots of blood - maybe on snow, or maybe that is my imagination - two of my front teeth had come out, but we could only find one. My next memory is of a man's face hovering over my face, a bright light and lots and lots of pain. I've heard he tried to replace of the tooth, without anaesthetic.
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Dave has his own dental phobia, which was oddly enough also the origin of his fear of heights.
Between us, the fear of dentists is so great that I have to admit none of my children have ever been to the dentist - that's right, never... But hey, my dad refused to go to the dentist before he was nineteen and when he went, his teeth were perfect!
So, by now you're wondering what on earth I could possibly be thankful for?
- that despite never taking them to the dentist, my boys seem have healthy teeth! Luey had one cavity, once, in a baby tooth, but nature took care of that and now it's been replaced with a healthy grown tooth!
- that my boys teeth, though gappy (hey that gap between the two front teeth is a family trait and means you're a fortuitous person, don't disrespect the gap!), are straight!
- that the boys don't freak out every time they have a loose, wiggly tooth the way I did.
- that they adore brushing their teeth and we've never had to coax, cajole or force them to do so (the secret it to not make them do it until they beg you to get them a toothbrush because they see you brushing your teeth every day)!
- the biggest thing I'm grateful for is that for some strange, but wonderful reason, my boys have been considerate enough to wait until after school photos to lose their teeth and by the time the next years photos are being taken their adult teeth have grown in. So, no toothless school photos* (so far)!
*I realise others probably love their kids toothless grins in school photos - I don't!
What are you thankful for this lovely first day of Spring?