Monday, June 17, 2013

Flossing in the Moonlight

My challenge?  To write a complete blog in the time it takes my kids to brush their teeth.  Brush them thoroughly.  And maybe floss.  So here goes.  A blog slam...

I've got no topic, no starter sentence: just a big blank slate to fill up in the time it takes for my two whippersnappers to wield their brushes and scrub those fangs of theirs.

I've been on a blog hiatus because lately I feel scared that I don't have enough time.  I've got the idea that I can't write unless I set aside an hour and exhaustively edit and edify and truth check and make every sentence both pithy and witty.  Fact is, people probably enjoy reading shorter tidbits than long tomes anyway.

Fact is, I need a topic NOW or I'm just going to ramble, and I have a feeling that the toothpaste has long been extricated from the tube.  And there is no accompanying floss to draw out the process.

So, do you floss every night?  I don't and I feel guilty about it.   My children don't either.  I feel super-duper guilty about that.  A few weeks ago, I tried to make an appointment with a well-respected dentist in Hong Kong and the first available appointment was in August.  I took it.  Actually I was relieved because I thought it could buy me some time and get my kids and me flossing regularly before we are found out.  (I think the tooth fairy already suspects...)

Next week we start our summer vacation, and much of it that will be in our rolling house:  read 1992 Toyota recreational vehicle.  My sweetheart and I have been talking about establishing rituals for the summer that will bring the family together and give us a sense of community while we are on the road: a red checked table cloth on the picnic table each night, communal dishwashing, marshmallow roasts while wearing fire-retardant clothing, etc.

But I've just thought of another one: flossing in the moonlight.  I think I like it.  By the time we're back and ready to see the famous dentist to the Hong Kong stars, our pearly whites will be stars themselves.

Okay: my spontaneous five minute blog is completed and just as Emily has arrived with her bedtime story in hand and her teeth brushed (but not flossed).

Posting this mini blog will insure enough guilt that the flossing will begin well before the summer camp-a-thon: it's just going to be done under a flourescent light rather than moonlight.

Pretty soon we'll be doing that with floss in our pockets!

New Starts?

  • Consistent flossing
  • Tri weekly five minute blogging sessions

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