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Day 221: three things i love more than chocolate (today!) :: smiles, decaf, breakfast burritos

9 Aug

Get on the gratitude bus!  
What are the top three things you LOVE more than chocolate today?

Here are mine…

This morning I met up with my good friend, Sue, for a cup of coffee (decaf of course!) and a little breakfast burrito on my way back to the island.

I loved catching up with Sue and seeing her virtual office at The Daily Brew.

As I sunk my teeth into the softest, most yummy breakfast burrito, I felt something pop in my mouth. And, then, I felt something hard on my tongue, as I looked up at Sue with horror on my face, I realized…

My.
Tooth.
Cracked.
Again!

Not just any tooth — my FRONT tooth.  The same front tooth that cracked last year. Same tooth. In the same place, on the softest food I could possible eat.

Here I go again, with the same summer dilemma as last year.

Walking around with a cracked front tooth feels like baring all my flaws to humanity.  Like waiving a big, red flag — look here!  I’m cracked.

I suppose the lesson I need to learn is to continue to smile, cracks and all. 

I know I will continue to smile — it’s in my nature. Even though I can’t help but feel self-conscious about the big gap, smack dab in the middle of my mouth.

Ironically, I have few things left from my mother.  One precious item is a letter from my dear Mama Sling that says so much with very few words.

“Keep your gorgeous smile, it’ll go forever.  Love, Mom.”

I am so very grateful for that note. Even when I have a gap in my tooth, it makes me smile just thinking about her.

And, that love, will absolutely go forever. 

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