the boy and the tooth

The boy had a couple of loose teeth. Maybe even three. He begged his mother to pull them, but it gave his mother The Queasies to even think about tugging out a still fairly-firmly attached tooth.

But the boy was persistent.

So the mother compromised. She said she would hit his tooth out with the telephone.

Oddly enough, the boy thought that was a great idea.

So the mother thwacked the tooth.

The method wasn’t very effective, however. Probably because they were both laughing so hard.

Over the next few days, the tooth grew looser as loose teeth are wont to do, until one morning at breakfast the boy exclaimed that he could lay the tooth down in all directions.

The mother, fed up with all the loose-tooth chatter, grabbed the dish cloth off the counter and said, “Fine, I’ll pull it. Open up.”

The first few tugs were tentative (The Queasies, though suppressed, were present), but finally she gripped the tooth and yanked hard. And out popped the tooth.

There was much cheering and high-fiving and only a bit of blood.

The boy’s mother put the tooth in a mini tart pan and set it on the windowsill. It would go under the boy’s pillow that night.
And just like that, the little boy was all grown up.


(Actually, the final picture was taken before the other two, so the order isn’t exactly honest. But the mother declares that the final picture illustrates exactly how she feels about the little boy. So in that regards, everything is truetrue.)

The end.

This same time, years previous: roasted corn with lime and feta


  • Queenie

    I love your story cycle. What a great idea. But your kids are far too grown up for my liking. When did that happen? I mean, nothing wrong with kids growing up, but it has to happen gradually, right? Like over a period of eighty years or so, to let the rest of us get used to it.

  • Camille

    This post and your most recent really made me smile. You do have a way of telling stories my friend. Yes, you do. 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • Anonymous

    Get ready! When next you turn around, that boy really will have a mustache (plus a wife and a coupla kids!) He's such a cutie!!

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