Kitchen Table Memories, part two

So much time has elapsed since this funny thing happened that I don’t remember details such as who was there at the table, or what we were eating. I was 16 at the time, –so it was a long time ago. We were enjoying our meal as usual when suddenly my dad said in astonishment, “Elsie! There’s a tooth in my food!” Mom was not at all upset by this announcement which really seemed to be an accusation.

“If there’s a tooth in your food,” she said calmly, “it’s your own tooth. I did not put a tooth in the food.”

But my dad had indeed found a tooth, which he took out of his mouth and showed us. A little investigation revealed that it was, of course, his own tooth, which was a little surprising to us because Dad had false teeth. One doesn’t expect a tooth to break loose from a set of dentures but that is what happened.

We spent the rest of the meal speculating on how Dad could have the tooth put back where it belonged. One of the things that Dad suggested was “iron glue,” a thing which I never heard of before or since. We laughed till it was hard to eat.

Now I think it’s strange that Dad never seriously considered going back to a dentist to have his “plate” repaired, but he never did. I suppose if it had been one of his front teeth which had broken loose, he would have had it repaired but it was one that really didn’t show unless you knew to look for it, way back behind his smile.

It still makes me laugh to think of the mealtime when Dad found a tooth in his food.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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3 Responses to Kitchen Table Memories, part two

  1. NJ says:

    This picture is from many years after the tooth incident. My dad is here holding my grandson, Nicholas.

  2. Sally says:

    Oh goodness, it would have been difficult not to laugh! 🙂

    I’m enjoying your stories so much, Nancy!

  3. NJ says:

    Sally, it was an incident that made us laugh many times. Dad laughed, too. He had a great sense of humor.

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