Losing Leaves and Teeth

Ever since Annie lost her front two teeth (adorable little snagglepuss) she has been worried (read: obsessed, fanatical, freaking out) about losing her other teeth or when will she get her new ones.

Since the tooth fairy was dispatched early due to a play ground accident, she is going to have to wait quite a while for those new teeth. Although I have her convinced her teeth seeds have been planted and she just has to wait for them to bloom and feed them with toothpaste. (Don’t judge…it was an explanation that worked at 2am)

Thanks to commercial marketing, the girls have been seeing Christmas stuff out for months but understand that we have to wait until winter before Santa can come. (Because the only clothes he owns are snow clothes and he can’t deliver in August because he has no clothes to wear. Also reindeer won’t fly unless the air is cold because it makes them faster…again…don’t judge)

Today we had a rain storm that began to blow leaves off the trees. Annie asked why do the trees have to lose their leaves? I told her that means Winter is coming and then the trees will get new leaves in the Spring. Excited faces began to cheer the leaves off the trees so Winter would hurry up and Santa would get here.

“So my teeth are like the leaves?”

Hot-dog-diggity-dog…she GETS it!

“Yes, Annie. Just like you lost your teeth but will get new ones; the trees have to lose their leaves to get new ones.”

“Christmas comes after the trees lose their leaves and I grow up after I lose my teeth.”

Ding-Ding-Winner-Winner!

They wandered off to find something to do and left me looking at the swirling leaves in the puddle on the patio. It reminded me that just like leaves and teeth, sometimes loss is necessary to usher in change.Every season in our lives has a purpose. Even the cold, biting winds. Even the trees barren of their leaves.

Letting go frees your hands to hold something new.

 



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9 replies

  1. “Letting go frees your hands to hold something new” …love this line and it’s such a timely reminder for me. I’ve always loved fall and maybe this is partly why. I remember as a kid I wrote a story about why trees lose their leaves in the fall. I also remember getting an A and my teacher submitting it to a contest ๐Ÿ™‚

    But I digress…

    What I love is how you manage to take the simple every day things you notice and spin them into profound truths.

    • Thank you Sandi! I’m loving the colors of fall, but the ushering in of cold weather??? No THANK YOU!
      As always…love you for reading and enjoyed our talk the other day!

  2. Beautifully said.
    I always love reading your words.

  3. Don’t you love the stories and explanations you come up with in the nick of time to answer and to calm the random worries and/or concerns your kids have? I felt normal listening to your little stories!

    • I almost wish I had the presence of mind to write down all the crazy explanations that my mind is forced to conjure up. I’m pretty sure it would be a hilarious book to read later when the kids have grown up. Thank you for commenting! I’d love to know some of your stories.

  4. I love your imagination. My responses to my kids (especially regarding Santa) would probably create several eye rolls as well. I’m absolutely loving the final words you put on this post. Change is something we are all scared of, but it is necessary to grow. Period. Much love to you.

  5. my 7 yr old is rocking the snaggle puss look right now. She’s desperate to get her teeth to grow in.

    We’re a blended family so change is the norm….my kids are unbelievably resilient.

    I like your writing.

  6. “Letting go frees your hands to hold something new” …love this line and it’s such a timely reminder for me. I’ve always loved fall and maybe this is partly why. I remember as a kid I wrote a story about why trees lose their leaves in the fall. I also remember getting an A and my teacher submitting it to a contest
    +1

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