Yesterday’s Thoughts

February 19, 2005

The Music of the Jaw

A sad milestone yesterday, the little man decided that it was time to start brushing his own teeth.

I had been brushing his teeth almost every day. At five and a half, he has just become capable of holding still enough to permit me to brush his teeth without any struggle or caution. He holds his body still and his mouth open.

I have been holding his jaw in my left hand and brushing with my right. The brushing of his teeth triggers an absolutely pure vibration from his jaw. I can feel the bones ringing as I brush.

It was a little moment of perfection every morning.

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