Thursday, September 22, 2011

Loose Tooth

My son had a loose tooth the other day. “Had” being the key word.

Kai gets agitated about the most minor things sometimes so it is not surprising that he got annoyed when his tooth got loose.

He started to pick at it and soon was constantly moving it with his fingers. He wanted me to get it out, but when I felt it, it seemed like it wasn’t yet ready to come out.

So, we told him that it would be awhile and that he should just try to ignore it. Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen.

He kept picking and picking at it.

My wife used the occasion to motivate him to eat his dinner. Eat all the meat, she told him, and your tooth may come out. He ate all of his dinner very diligently that evening, but was perturbed afterward when his tooth was still hanging on.

The next morning, he was still perseverating on his tooth. Oh, this is not going to be good for school, we thought. I could just picture him not paying attention during class, and complaining about his tooth all day.

And then, just like that, he pulled it out.

He was very happy. But no more so than we were.

Still, kids grow up fast. And I’m guessing that it won’t be too long before we look back and fondly recall these days when Kai was still a kid, and laugh about how agitated he got with his loose tooth.

It’s all just a matter of perspective, right?


  1. for some reason your blog has just popped up on my facebook, even though I haven't been seeing any of your posts for ages! So I'm glad I found you again, have got a bit of catching up to do... but good to know about the tooth and that it wasn't a major worry for him for very long!!!

  2. Hi Steph, I can't figure out Facebook sometimes but I'm glad that my blog popped up there again. I'm looking forward to hearing how school is going for you guys.

  3. But in a child's perspective, the slightest movement in a tooth means it's time to take it out... no matter how stubborn the tooth is! Still, that moment it pops is more a relief to parents than that of the child.

  4. Yes, it was really a relief for us!


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