Sometimes life events just happen. Milestones crop up whether you’re ready or not. Some are the big life earthshaking events. Some are the little life reaffirming events. Sometimes they happen in the parking lot of a Starbucks. This is one of those little life reaffirming events where one young gal had just gotten a cake pop. Only one problem: She had a super wiggly tooth in front. It was gonna be her first big front tooth to come out. It was gonna happen soon. In the Starbucks parking lot.
It was at wiggly worm stage and about to fall out
She wanted to bite the cake pop but didn’t want it to hurt.
It’s hanging on by a thread, she’s gonna look like a pirate soon.
Me: “we just gotta yank that puppy out”
I encouraged her by saying how much $$$ she was in for tonight.
She worried about where we’d put the tooth and if the dog might eat it.
My dad used to use his hankie and yank it out like a SAW movie
She suggested using fake vampire teeth to cover up the real ones.
She flicked her tooth with her tongue and it did a dancing 360 in her mouth.
She worried that the cake pop was melting through all this.
And then boom. It happened!
Daughter: ” Oh! now I can eat my cake pop.”
All that. For THAT. It was a mini life milestone. And it reaffirmed the fact that the kids are only young once and I’ll never get to see her lackluster yet totally kid-realistic response to losing her first big tooth ever again. The firsts only happen once.
Daughter: “actually the tooth that fell out makes me look better in my outfit,” and she smiled into the rear view mirror to get another look.
We both smiled as we buckled our seat belts and headed for home. I stashed the tooth in a bottle cap to bring home and show everyone. And then I made her some bacon with chocolate milk because… Why not…
Daughter: “the tooth took out my taste buds… my chocolate milk tastes like coffee now”
Or maybe just maybe… she’s just growing up a little more now.