As I watched Claire sitting in the chair getting the brackets bonded to her teeth and watching the other patients troop in and out of the orthodontist's office I had to wonder who really joined whom? As I watched the kids parading in and out of the various chairs lining the office I thought to myself, I am the one who really joined the dark side. I am the one who invaded the world that is a right of passage here in the good ol' USofA. I am the oddity.
But I'm glad I am. Claire was none too happy when she sat up with her mouth full of all sorts of foreign objects in her mouth and drooling so badly she couldn't contain it. I know how she feels. I've been there in recent history. I wasn't quite as cranky as she was when I sat up and my mouth was so full of things and wires are junk but I wasn't exactly ready to do back flips either. I understand. I am the one who ran interference for Claire when we got home and the boys were badgering her to smile, open her mouth and get her picture taken. I had a leg up on them...I got to see her hardware, got a smile and badgered her into a picture already but I got all of those things because she knows how much I understand.
It's uncomfortable, hard to eat, miserable and painful but in the end the four of us who have suffered through our Brace Face stages with Dr. White will have all have big, giant smiles to show for it! I'm just glad I can be here to welcome sweet, little Claire Bear into the world of Brace Faces.
Oh, for the love of my children...