Last week Kaitlyn noticed that Perry’s first adult tooth was coming in behind his baby tooth. This happened to me and a lot of my siblings, so I feel blessed that most of our children so far have their father’s perfect teeth instead of my very crowded, cavity-prone teeth.
Nonetheless, we had to do something about Perry’s tooth.
I explained to him what was happening and that he would need to give his baby tooth a lot of help, wiggling it until it fell out.
His sister Megan presented an alternative plan that would take less time and less work. She told him to use a string to tie his tooth to the door, then slam the door. Megan did this 3 times and assured him it wouldn’t hurt. In fact the first time she did it, she didn’t even realize it had worked!
Perry was a little reluctant, but he also wasn’t excited about all the work involved in loosening his tooth manually or about having the dentist pull it, so he resolved to give the door method a try.
This morning, he used a piece of upholstery thread and tied his tooth to the front door. Then he stood there with the door wide opening, gathering his courage.
He pushed the door, and in slow motion it swung closed. No go.
He stood there with the string on his tooth, stalling and chatting, negotiating for rewards, and finally karate kicked the door.
NOOOOOOOO! Parker was standing right in the open doorway!
Parker went flying out, unlike the tooth. He was fine – only slightly shaken, but the string had slipped off the door, leaving Perry standing there fully intact. Strike two.
But the third time was a charm, and that’s the one we caught on video. Take a look and congratulate our brave young man.