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Topic: New Year (05/09/05)
TITLE: Baby Teeth and Father Time
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We gathered around the kitchen table to read the predictions made the year before, laughing and reminiscing about the events of the past twelve months. My oldest daughter pulled a paper from our prediction box and read, “This is Mom’s prediction. ‘I predict that Isaac will lose his first tooth this year.’”
Now that prediction had only a slim possibility of coming to pass. Isaac, at six years old, had not had any loose teeth until earlier that afternoon when he bit into a piece of chocolate bar and painfully loosened one of his bottom teeth. He had only six short hours to work the tooth loose enough to come out by midnight. Not very likely.
Isaac wiggled his tooth back and forth the whole evening. Every so often he would come to show me how loose it was getting. He was making progress but the tooth stayed pretty tight. Our friends came over for dinner and games. Around 11:30pm we turned the television on to watch the ball drop in Times Square. About that same time Isaac had a new idea for pulling his tooth, which he had worked into a bigger wiggle.
He decided to tie one end of a string to his tooth and the other end to his remote control Batman car. Sufficiently strung up, he hit the button on the control and the car raced away from him, but the string had come off the tooth leaving the tooth still firmly attached in his mouth. I tied and retied the string to his tooth, each time trying to give a little yank, hoping it would come out. At 11:58 we gave up. The tooth didn’t want to budge.
The countdown to midnight started on the TV. With twenty seconds left I told Isaac we would try one more time. He stood in front of me with his mouth wide open. Nineteen, eighteen, seventeen… I wrapped the slippery string around the tooth. Fourteen, thirteen, twelve… The string slipped. I wrapped it again. Ten, nine, eight… I gave a good yank. Six, five, four… The tooth popped out. Isaac’s eyes were as wide as his mouth had been just a millisecond before. Three, two, one, Happy New Year!
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