Friday, 25 January 2013

If the cap fits .........


Currently, I resemble a horse. 
Courtesy of  ehow.com
My smile reveals a mouth of very large (I would say “oversized”) teeth. Thank you father. When adult teeth superseded my juvenile teeth an overcrowding issue developed in my average sized mouth. So off I trotted with mother to the orthodontist, Mr. Chalmers – an elegant gentleman who always arrived at his consulting rooms clad in an immaculately cut dark suit, a bowler hat and very shiny shoes. Despite the weather, in his hand he carried a wooden handled, black umbrella in a jaunty, but dignified manner. Mr. Chalmer’s eyes shone when I first opened my mouth. 4 molar extractions were promptly ordered so my teeth could be correctly spaced using wire bands. The result? A smile full of very large, straight equine- looking teeth.
Note: Father has large teeth that sit perfectly in his large mouth.

Courtesy of gypsy-willow.hubpages.com
I have spent the summer vacation (southern hemisphere) sorting through the attic where many treasures, references that aren’t being used, and photos have been hastily stored without a suitable filing system. Being very sentimental, I tend to hold onto items with history and often put smaller ones and professional notes in unlabelled boxes or files. Then there are the lovely old pieces of furniture that  have been stock-piling for the stone cottage we planned to build on our 12 acres in the countryside. However, after buying My French Folly the stone cottage idea is shelved. Consequently I have also been sorting through this beautiful furniture in order to sell it – unexpectedly time consuming. It was during a recent rummaging and organizing episode in the attic that I dislodged a hard-wood table that was precariously perched on top of boxes of files that sat on top of a much loved wooden box of Lego – kept for the hypothetical grandchildren. 
As the tower of goods toppled towards me, my arms haphazardly scrambled to halt the cascade of boxes and the bridge of my nose gallantly stopped the fall of the unusually heavy table. Much blood, pain and swelling of my nose at its point of contact with the table resulted. "Look on the bright side - now your glasses can't fall off and you can wear a pince-nez!" was optimistic Mr R's initial response my mishap.
So with a mouth full of large teeth and a recently acquired huge, red Roman nose, I resemble a horse. More specifically, when I smile I look like “Charlie” , the first horse I rode.  Just hope I don’t find chaff on my dinner plate tonight.

One accident (of birth) + one recent accident (physical) = one horse-faced me.
Courtesy of "Equine Dentist"

4 comments:

French Basketeer.com said...

You will always be loved by me and a legion of others and I am sure by Mr. R, no matter the shape of your nose.....Close your eyes and think of France, dear, and it will all be wonderful~ can't want to be there with you next summer! xxoo A

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my! You poor dear. Hopefully by now the swelling has subsided.

Karen Albert said...

Dear Elizabeth.
I hope all is well soon and I am sure your good likes aren't as marred as you feel at this time!

Talked with Andrea last night and am so excited for you both!

keep me in your prayers please...

Xoxo
Karena
New 2013 Artists Series

Anonymous said...

Oh Elizabeth - love your straight teeth. I would much prefer the equine look rather than my crooked ones!

Although - your writing always cheers up my day so I do love these stories.