I will not watch because I just can’t bear it, but in honor of Leelee losing her first tooth, I couldn’t help but post the video of my Daddy helping Mac pull his first tooth via Nerf Gun. Hoping it makes some of you smile. I wish I could join you.
Those baby teeth fall out before we, the big people, are ready because it means the babies are getting big, growing up, becoming a little person rather than a little kid.
Daddy helped Mac pull his first tooth in the most memorable way possible. But he doesn’t even know Leelee lost hers…because he left her before he should have.
He left, like those teeth, before any of us were ready.
Personally, I think he left before he was ready.
But he left anyway.
And unlike the void that is now in sweet Leelee’s little mouth, his void won’t be filled by something that comes after. It’s just a gap, never to be replaced by anything resembling her awaiting permanent tooth.
It’s just a gap, a chasm, a hole, sitting vacant and empty, inside of me.
In a perfect world, those lost people, like baby teeth, would grow back into our lives just like our permanent teeth do.
The second time around, they stay forever.