My neighbor was painting his house today. Around here, many paint only the front of the house. We like to celebrate the arrival of summer by cleaning up and painting the side of the house people from the outside can see. Paint is expensive.

It’s been a long time since my baby teeth fell out. I remember when my front teeth fell out and left a large gap up front. Whistling was harder. Eating was not easy, either. Now, almost half a century later, my teeth are falling out again. Bridges, crowns, and lots of expensive paint for what? So what if I don’t have all my teeth? So what if I look like snaggletooth?

Painting houses and cosmetic dentistry have some points in common. Why do we need to please others with pleasant, colorful facades to hide the contents? On the other hand, what would happen to the dentistry and paint industries if we stopped trying?

I enjoy our time together.


  1. lghiggins says:

    I love the bright colors in Latin America. It is nice that people try to make their lives colorful with the resources they have. For many even that front coat of paint is more than they can afford.

    As for your teeth, they help you speak more clearly and enjoy your food better. For those who can, getting them fixed is a good thing. I know when I was a kid, I thought once I got a cavity filled, that was it–for life. As I get older, I am learning the sad truth as you are.

    • Steve says:

      We all try to do what we can. The spectrum of colors and cultures makes life interesting!

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