When I first took the job as a kindergarten teacher, little did I know that I would soon become exposed to a remarkable amount of loose teeth. We enjoyed perpetual Halloween, what with the number of kids looking like jack-o-lanterns all year long. It was not uncommon to be reading a story to the class and hear that familiar squeaky noise, the one that can only be heard when a child is wiggling her baby tooth with her tongue. (Did the thought of that make you cringe?) That subtle yet distinct noise means one thing and one thing only: time to pull it, honey.
Some kids just can’t get themselves to do it. Mom or Dad have to jump in to help.
Others are pulling fools, yanking on anything with the smallest indication that it’s loose — anxious for a guaranteed pay-off the next morning.
Did you ever try the ‘ol “tie your tooth to the doorknob” trick? I never did, but always thought it was a pretty neat idea. Well, a boy (whose dad happened to own a video camera) recently took this idea to a whole new level. This is the 21st century doorknob tooth extraction technique. Hint: Rocket Man.
This family (and video) is awesome! Why NOT make something like tooth extraction more exciting? The rocket took his mind off of any pain involved. (And it took his tooth into the stratosphere.)
How can we apply this to our own lives?
Is there something you’re dreading, and you need a little extra push to get it accomplished? Can you add a zany twist so that the emphasis is more on the fun than on the reason you’re avoiding it? The possibilities are endless if you apply a little childlike creativity.
Let me know how you plan to apply this Rocket Man principle today.