Monday, April 21, 2008
Honest Injun
"Hello Sarah, may I please speak to Caiden?"

"Hey Caiden, it's Grammy."


"Hi Caiden, how are you?"

"I'm fine. How are you? Did you know I'm coming to your house next week?"

"I did, Papa and I are SO excited! Mama told me you have TWO loose teeth. That's VERY exciting" (Caiden and I talk alot about 'exciting things' with highly elevated voices).

"Grammy, when Mama's tooth was loose, why did you put pliers in her mouth? Why didn't you just be patient and wait, because I think being patient would have been better?"

"You're right, I should have waited. I think it was hanging out of her mouth a little bit and she couldn't really eat, so I grabbed it with pliers." (Surely a little boy will think this was a cool thing to do.)

"Grammy, I don't think that was very safe, and since Papa is Mr. Safety, I think you should have waited and asked him. So Grammy, why didn't you just wait?"

"Well, Caiden, I don't know, I think you're right. I should have just waited. So maybe you can just wiggle your loose teeth a lot instead of having Mama put pliers in your mouth to yank your teeth out. That might be a better idea."

"Yeah Grammy, MUCH better."

God, were we, was I, ever that honest? Was there ever a time when I was completely innocent and void of any malice, able to ask someone why they did something incredibly stupid? If so, how did I lose it? I can only imagine, if Caiden knew half the dumb things I've done in this lifetime, what he would have to say about them. And I'd be blessed to hear. How refreshing to hear pure honesty in this day and age. So maybe sending children to this earth is not just about repopulating, maybe it's about keeping the rest of us straight? Maybe that's partly why you keep sending them?

"So Caiden, when the tooth does come out, by itself, are you going to put it under your pillow, so the Tooth Fairy can give you money?"


"How much money do you think the Tooth Fairy will bring you?"

"Two thousand dollars."

"Two thousand dollars! Wow! Why on earth do you think she will bring so much?"

"Because my teeth are still in really good shape."

"Good point, Caiden. Let me know if she does, because I may have a few loose ones myself. Not that I'll be putting pliers in my mouth, but maybe I could just wiggle them a bit and see."

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