The difference between 3:27 pm and 5:37 pm
May 20, 2004
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It had begun to seem as if she would never lose
one. It was as if those tiny teeth in her mouth
revealed her Peter Pan nature -- never having to
As kindergarten began to wrap up, as other girls
in her class collected green bills for the teeth
that seemed to drop from their jaws on a weekly
basis, her tiny baby teeth stood firmly planted.
Occasionally, she thought one was loosening, and
she would announce with great fanfare that this
was it, the first tooth was on its way out, with
puberty and college sure to follow soon after.
But they would always tighten back up again, like
a gravitational force, rooting her back into her
Until one spring day, when a fortuitous bike crash
tapped one loose. It might have been just another false
alarm, but as the afternoon wore on, it
produced the long awaited
harvest: the first tooth to go simply dropped out
while she was talking about the possibility of
it doing so.
Looks like she is destined to grow up after all.