So my front tooth is chipped…. every day for 45 years of my life, I have looked at this chipped tooth. About once a month, I think about how said chip came to be. Today was one of those days when this fond memory came to the forefront of my mind.
It’s dumb really. I was a 9 YO visiting my grandparents in Florida. We were at the Publix grocery store and I was bored out of my mind…. for some unknown, disgusting reason, I put my mouth on the shopping cart handle while my grandfather perused the eggs.
When I wasn’t paying attention, probably eying all the “gross”, healthy vegetables in the basket, he pulled the cart towards whatever, possibly the processed meat section…. before I knew it, CHIP. There goes the corner of the front tooth.
It startled me for sure. Not sure I ever told my parents how it happened and have never bothered to get it fixed. I figured it’s always given my smile “character”.
Fast forward 44 years…. Just last November, I was working on a project in Oklahoma City. One of my colleagues, whom I just met, mentioned he was going to Florida for Christmas break. While we were waiting for others to join our tortuous hour-long conference call, I asked him “Where in Florida?”.
Kyle: “Oh, just a small town in central Florida, I’m sure you don’t know it.” (He’s generally right, chances are HIGH you have not spent much time in central Florida)
Me: “Oh really? My family is from central Florida. Which town?”
Kyle: “It’s a town called Lakeland.”
Me: “Next door to Winter Haven?”
Kyle: “Yep, my dad was the general manager of the Publix grocery store in Winter Haven for 50 years.”
This puts his dad working (or possibly there) for the grocery store when the tooth incident went down!
I’m not sure WHY I thought this was sooo crazy. But honestly, of ALL the places in the US this kid’s parents could live and work.
I took it as a sign, the tooth is getting fixed.
The chapter on this will soon be closed! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when life throws out these little gems!
….i choose this….
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