• Danielle Powell

Crooked Smile

" I keep my twisted grill, just to show them kids it's real We ain't picture perfect but we worth the picture still" - J. Cole

It's literally hanging on by threads now. I count at least 2 months since we first noticed that it was loose. Every time this beautiful boy smiles, I see his Nanny Mcphee tooth poking out from between his lips and it is driving me CRAZY!  I beg and plead with my son to let me pull it. It won't hurt, I swear. Just 1, 2, 3 and it's done! We've even tried to bribe him, and I think that $5 for a tooth is a pretty good deal for a 6 year old, but no go! At the end of the day it's not that he's scared of having it pulled he honestly just likes it!

I had to do some serious introspection as to why this buck tooth is bothering me so much and I finally figured it out; it's because it doesn't fit into the perfect picture that I see for Julian. When I look at him, I see a child that is not only gorgeous, and funny but smart as a whip with common sense that surpasses many of the adults that I know. It doesn't make sense to me that he would be ok with having this imperfection when it's so easy to rectify. I know that this is temporary and insignificant and eventuall will come out, but the thing that I need to understand is that it doesn't matter what I think! If his tooth NEVER fell out Julian is who he is, crooked tooth and all. He will never be exactly what I picture for him and that's fine because I'm sure that he will far surpass what I could even dream for him. It's not about what I see as his parent it's about who he knows he is and if he knows that he is at his best with a dangling tooth then I'm ok with that!