Brush your Teeth,please ~The other night, my 4 year old and I were having a particularly specific conversation about the benefits of brushing your teeth. Not unlike the big reveal of the Boogie Man, I said something that went into her brain and got completely twisted. She’s not unlike her Mommy in this way. I’m pretty sure she thinks in my six degrees of separation way, as well.
It started harmless enough, my nightly, “Brush your teeth, please” before bed, was met with a healthy dose of 4 year old, “Why?”
Me: ” You need to brush your teeth to take care of them because if you don’t, when you get old, they will all fall out!”
Her face kind of crinkled and she brushed her teeth. I didn’t even have to ask a second time for her to…
The next night, she wanted to watch a episode of H2O on Netflix. I tried to convince her to watch an episode of something I wanted to watch, I think it was Cake boss.
She answered, ” No, Mommy, you can watch what YOU want to watch when you are by yourself!”
Me, “Well, I’m never by myself.”
4 year old, “When we get big and leave.”
Me, ” Oh, so when I am old?”
Her, ” Old like GiGi ( who is 83) and Maxie ( who is 85)?”
Her face got really sad and her eyes got glassy. She was truly upset.
Her, “Mommy, Please Brush Your teeth! I don’t want you to get old and die!”
And I brushed my teeth with the supervision of one tiny concerned 4 year old who doesn’t want her Mommy to get old. Because obviously, when I explained the previous night that if you don’t brush your teeth when you get old your teeth will fall out; she heard, if you don’t brush your teeth…you will get old and die. And so I ask you for the sake of your life,