Family Circus

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. - Doug Horton


Oh, Yeah? I Double-Dog-Dare you !

My oldest (Halie, 6) pulled out another of her front teeth recently, as we were leaving for church. And to answer your questions: NO, no one dared her to, and YES, it was already loosened after a nasty playground mishap in 2004, that ended with stitches. When I called Halie to join us as we were leaving, she came around the corner with a wide, gap-toothed smile. She had blood across her lower face, neck and hands, but managed to keep her white t-shirt pristine. I did remember her asking for a tissue, then spending an extra few minutes in her bathroom. She never complained about any discomfort. Who could have guessed she was doing her own dental work? So, after Halie was cleaned up, and she had put the tooth in a special snack-sized plastic bag to leave under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy, we left for church. When we arrived at church, Halie told anyone who would listen about her dental hijinks, then displayed the gaping hole in her gums (read: she stopped complete strangers in the parking lot). Halie's brave, and she likes to have others marvel at her fearless feats. Again, I have no idea where she gets that. She'll either be a surgeon, or a sword swallower, but I'll have to wait a few years to find out which.
Oh yeah. The Tooth Fairy keeps getting more generous as Halie progressively loses her teeth. First tooth = one dollar, two dollars for the next tooth, and this time three dollars. I figure we'd better tell her the truth about the Tooth Fairy. The truth wil break her heart, but NOT telling her will break us!


Erin: 31, Emcee. Witty redhead, handy with a whip.

DH: 30, Strong Man. Comedian, defender of virtue.

Halie: 7, Chimpanzee. Pulls teeth, loves bananas.

Catie: 5, Leaping Lemur. Gentle and cuddly, loves grapes.

Rosie: 2, Cappuccin. Flings poo, loves carrots.

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