2014-03-28 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

The Tooth Of The Matter
By Beth Hanning

More than one mom has asked me recently: “What do you do with all of the girls’ teeth?” The first time I replied: “Excuse me? What do you mean?”

The person re-worded her question: “After the girls lose a tooth what do you do with it?” Then I admitted that I (gasp) threw them away after I collected them from under the pillows. Additionally, let me also add that more than once the tooth fairy was late and did not arrive on the first night due to a scheduling conflict. When I asked my friend what she did, she said she saved them. I told her that is something that a serial killer would do. She just laughed me off of the topic.

The first time I chalked it up to a crazy mom (don’t worry she doesn’t live in Rockaway and The Wave doesn’t let non-subscribers read online), but the second time I was asked, I second guessed myself: Am I the bad mom? Am I supposed to keep the rotted teeth? Am I supposed to package the teeth up and give them to the girls on a momentous occasion? The day they move out of the house, into their own apartment? One mom I asked said she has a case where she keeps them. I never did get an answer what THEY were going to do with their memorabilia.

Oh well, I do not have any teeth and the only good part of Sandy is when the children now ask for something that I did not save I can at least blame it on the storm.

Now the other thing I see these wonderful, dedicated, young mothers doing is very creative and time consuming projects with their children’s artwork from school. I have seen artwork framed and matted as if done by a professional framer. One mother told me she cannot throw it out and she has a LABELED folder with all of the activities. I actually still have quite a bit of the girls’ art from school and I think that framing their most precious drawing is going on my to do list.

My younger daughter just received a certificate from school. It is going directly into a folder marked “high school accomplishments.” Well, that’s directly after I buy a folder, buy and make labels, and I take the certificate off of the magnet on the refrigerator.

While asking mom for ideas about this column I asked, “What do you do as a mom that you never thought you would do?” I received a lot of great answers. Here are a few:  I bribe my kids with cookies  I let them go to bed with their iPads on the weekends just so I can get some peace.  I have said in front of them: This homework is stupid (from a teacher)

Did you or do you do something that is considered odd from other moms? Something you thought you would never do? I would love to hear. Have a great week everyone. Hopefully it will get warmer!

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