Lefty has a hole in his face. I keep telling him that, mostly because it gets a huge rise out of him. He digs his feet in and makes little fists and growls at me in frustration and says "Mom! I do NOT have a hole in my face. I just lost a tooth."
He's been waiting years to lose his first tooth. His friends have been sporting the fashionable hockey player look since kindergarten, and Lefty was starting to get a little irritated with his tardiness in Keeping up with the Toothless Joneses.
And then, the day after he left on vacation with his Dad, I get this phone call:
Lefty: Mom! Guess what? I lost a tooth!
Me: Oh no! I mean - YEA! I'm so uhh, happy for you! How did it happen?
Lefty: Well, I was biting on McGee's pillow, and she got mad and yanke--
McGee: [hollering in the background]: Nuh-uh! I just wanted my pillow back and OWW!
Because Season One and I live so close, I never really gave much thought to missing great moments in my kids' lives. I live eight houses down the street, for Pete's sake. But if you're a mom who works, who's divorced, single, deployed, or just at the wrong place at the wrong time, there's going to be times you miss stuff. Stuff that dad sees, or grandma. Or the babysitter, teacher, or just someone that's not you, dammit. And that sucks. Even if you're a full time stay at home mom, there's going to be that one time when you're getting your hair cut, or in the shower, or at the OB/GYN for the love of Maude, and that First is going to happen.
It was her first lost tooth, too. I will say, it was kinda cool to be there for it. Everyone cheered, the teacher proffered up a little baggie for her tooth, and Chloe had a pretty awesome - if gruesome - story to tell.
Her mom, of course, missed the event. And now gets to think about this "other mom" being there for Chloe's First Lost Tooth. And the story. And the screaming and Cullen-ness and the CSI investigation and the still-told Legend of the Crazy Lunch Lady who's hiding teeth in cafeteria food. She probably hates me.
I want to rewind life. For her. For me. To just a few seconds before those Firsts happen. Even if I could just witness it from across the room. I just want to see the look on his face when he saw his tooth.
I saw Chloe last week at school. Her entire top row of teeth is gone. All six. I told her she had a hole in her face. She told me she lost them all when she slipped off the diving board at the pool. I made a face and asked her if she was OK. "Yeah. You thoulda theen the blood! It wath thoooooooo dithguthting. My mom thaid gee wath glad gee mithed it the latht time. They had to clothe the pool."
Mental note: Miss one, get six in return? Umm, no thanks.
Oh, Lefty has another loose tooth. I'll be working on my Jack McCoy victory face. And, possibly growing out my eyebrows. I just hope I'm there to see it. And, if I have any say, it won't happen at the pool.
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