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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Dear Children

While I appreciate that you've been doing your chores and refraining from bickering, I must say that it annoys me no end to go into the bathroom half an hour after you've gone to bed and noticed that your toothbrushes are all bone dry, and that the bottle of fluoride rinse you opened four days ago has not depreciated one iota since that day. This tells me that you haven't brushed your teeth in four days. At the ages of almost 11, almost 14 and almost 17 one would think that this daily habit had been ingrained in you, especially since I remind you every single night and morning to brush, brush, BRUSH.

Is Ma annoyed? You bet your bippy. Can I afford root canals and crowns for the bunch of you because you don't care about your teeth? Do you think girls will want to kiss boys whose mouths taste like a skunk crawled in their mouth, sprayed, and died?

From now on, anybody who fails to brush their teeth in the evening goes to bed at 8 PM. Anybody who fails to brush in the morning loses their video game time for that day.

Bet you'll all brush now.

Ma

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Borderline symptom of the day: annoyedannoyed
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Great idea! Probably better than mine was==get the kid out of bed and march him to the bathroom and stand over him while he brushed. Yeah. That was the same kid who refused to brush his teeth while he had braces which produced 14(!) cavities in his front teeth. Not only was it painful for him and expensive for me, but now he has to maintain those fillings for the rest of his life. And he STILL doesn't brush his teeth(I don't know how his GF stands it! Green teeth)

In fact, not long ago he told me he "needs to go back to the orthodontist" because his front teeth are starting to gap again. After I picked up my jaw, I told him that "No, I will not be taking you to the orthodontist. I have already invested $7000 in your mouth. It's your turn." Needless to say, that was the last we heard of that. Although...he has been pushing Eleni to be sure she brushes and flosses HER teeth, haha