“if we don’t change we don’t grow. if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” -gail sheehy
i admit, i am a lover of routine. i snuggle up in predictability. there are many reasons why i think i have become this person, but really we do not have the time for that psychoanalysis in this post. 🙂
one thing is certain, change can be a difficult for me to embrace.
having kids provides an ever constant state of change. “in your face!”, “take that!”, kinds of changes that can be shocking to someone like me. they force me to face the discomfort of change without even trying.
they go from swaddled – to crawling – to running – to driving a car in lightning speed.
they grow hair, inches, and new teeth seemingly overnight.
we are having that sort of big change right now. our youngest fell flat on her face at the age of one. no hands to break the fall, instead her face stopped her fall and her little baby chicklet front tooth broke in 2. the remaining piece eventually abscessed and needed to be pulled. she has been our gap-toothed, pirate smile, girl for 6 years now. that missing tooth has been a constant in our every day life. her gap toothed grin and wrinkled up nose was just so “her”. i knew eventually a big tooth would grow in and fill that hole we all came to love so much, but time kept passing and the gap remained. a few weeks ago her gum became swollen, the tooth was coming. she walks around singing, “all i want for my birthday is my big front tooth.” (sung to the tune of “all i want for christmas is my 2 front teeth”)
this coming monday she turns 7. will she get her wish? …
right this moment,
same wrinkled up nose,
brand new tooth.