Milk teeth…one chance
Towards the end of last year, we were watching a movie as a family. There was laughterfun as we enjoyed both the movie,watching our daughter dance. She was having a great time! In a split second however, while emulating one of the movie dancers’ moves, she trippedfell,hit the floor face first. There was silence for a few secondsthen the most painful cry emanated from her little self.
We all rushed to her rescue, to see what could have gone wrong,what needed to be done. It didn’t take long to notice that she was bleeding rather heavily from her mouth. She was in great pain. As I held her, my husbandour house-help scurried about in the house bringing thisthat to ease her paindiscomfort.
I looked at my daughter’s little face, her pretty mouth, her beautiful eyes so redfrom crying….and my heart cringed. There she was, happily dancing in one moment,totally helplessin pain the other. I realized that her beautiful milk teeth would be gone in no time, perhaps even literally, in no time.
I thought about the times I would be reading a book or checking email on my phone while she wanted to play with me, or talk with me, or show me something,I felt so bad. All that could wait. But her milk-teeth smile would be around for only so long. And then they’d be gone forever.
I decided that from that moment, I would cherish her smile,anything that would make her smile, I would do. I would sacrifice whatever I had to, in order to cherishrelish those smiles, those times with her, because once they are gone, they are gone forever.
So as this year begins, one of my priorities is to be at home as much as I can be there,not just be there physically, but be there emotionally, physically, spirituallymentally as well. No more carrying work home – not even in my mind. And no more giving higher second place to gadgets. No more of telling her to wait so that I can get to hear what’s being said on TV. No more. No more. No more…
All those other things can wait,can happen again, but her milk teeth smile has only one season,I’m going to embrace it with everything I’ve got!