As I completed my nightly routine, I heard my son singing from his darkened room. I identified the new Meghan Trainor song
as his young melodic voice drifted through our quiet home: "I'm gonna love you; like I'm gonna lose you..."
about the mood was so sweet and melancholy - I just had to make my way into his room to give him another good-night hug.
under covers and snuggled in each other's embrace was a boy and his dog. I realized the tenderness I heard was the sound of
pure emotion as Garrett serenaded his beloved pet. As I bent down to kiss him on his forehead (and earned a lick I wasn't
quite prepared for from a certain canine), Garrett whispered to me how he told Buddy they wouldn't have each other forever.
Just when I think I can't love this little guy any more, he does something to prove me wrong.
It's official - "four-eyes" is going to gain another nickname. My son begins a new phase in his life; tomorrow
he will get braces. I hope he remains as excited to have them as he is right now...my guess is some of the emotion will wane
after he starts experiencing some discomfort but hopefully not.
I got my braces when I was his age and the "trauma"
to braces really occurred before the metal ever reached my mouth. Having an overly small mouth, I had to have 8 teeth (4 baby,
4 permanent) pulled so that I had enough room to pull in my buck teeth. I wasn't able to close my mouth without teeth showing.
I couldn't eat apples or corn on the cob. And, kids called me names. From Bugs Bunny to Beaver (and a few other colorful names
not appropriate to share), I heard them.
Thankfully, I wasn't too bothered by the names. I had a great family and friends
who saw beyond my teeth and saw the inner beauty; they helped me realize that some day my teeth would be fixed and the person
I was becoming would soon have the time to shine.
I'm so proud of Garrett and how confident and secure he is about himself.
When he came home this past week telling me how another boy called him "Four Eyes," I wasn't sure how to respond.
I asked him if it bothered him and I think his response was more one of surprise than anything. I told him to be prepared
for more names once he gets braces. He just nodded in a mature, wise way - yup, he will be just fine.