I love my kids and I love my parents, but somewhere people don’t understand a fear I have deep down inside of me. I think it has to do with my mother pulling my teeth when I was young. She tried all the made for sitcom methods of tooth extraction. I really did have my tooth tied to a door knob and other ingenious devices. None of those things worked. The last time I went to her about a loose tooth she came at me with a pair of pliers. Now you have to understand this. When I got my first loose tooth my mother was a dental assistant. You would think that she would have a leg up on other mothers out there. I’m thinking her end goal was to have me deal with my own loose teeth. When she came at me with the pliars I ran the other way and only told her about my teeth after the fact.
At some point during all of this I watched the movie The Fly and in that movie there is a scene where Jeff Goldblum’s teeth start falling out. Enter my biggest phobia. I have plenty of dreams that others might find scary but I enjoy them. They are violent and down right freaky, but they don’t bother me. Then I’ll have dreams where my teeth fall out and I wake up terrified.
Enter Saturday night. I was at the church for the Saturday night youth event we have each week and my wife calls to tell me about my daughter getting her first loose tooth. She did it the same way I got my first loose tooth, by biting into an apple. Actually my tooth came out into the apple and her’s was just loosened, but close enough (I told you that we tried every sitcom method of tooth extraction). My kids were with my mom and dad so the question was I wanted to pull it or to let my mom. I was ok with letting my mom yank her grandchild’s tooth. They learned a great method after all the experiments on me, but they decided against because it was a “right of passage.” I got home much too late to pull the tooth so Sunday morning I checked it and it wasn’t ready anyway. Sunday night I set myself and got to work.
If your kids are all grown up you might let them know about this for their kids. If your kids are still loosing teeth it’s time to learn the easy removal trick. Ready? Floss. It’s not what you think though. You make a loop and then slip that loop over the tooth. The hardest part is keeping the loop at the very bottom. If the tooth is ready you can tip it forward so the edge of the loop is under the tooth on the back. Then just pull the loop closed and the tooth pops right out. 25 years later your kid doesn’t still have a phobia.
The tooth came out with out a problem and my daughter wanted me to pull her other tooth that had come loose that day. It wasn’t ready yet so guess what I’m doing tonight?
I guess being a good dad sometimes means tackling your biggest fears.
So tonight I’m gonna take the kids to my parent’s.