I lost my crown.
Not that I was ever really a princess, but boy, am I missing this one.
While sipping red wine and enjoying a few decadent chocolates with two dear friends late Saturday night, I suddenly became aware of a small hard object rolling around in my mouth.
Turns out it was the crown I got while pregnant with my now 12-year-old. What is the average lifespan of a crown? I thought it was for life. I didn’t think I could be de-throwned so easily, and by a chocolate, no less.
Because the crown abdicated itself on a weekend, I’ve had two days of careful eating.
(I’d like to do a study on dental emergencies. I’m certain that a higher percentage of them occur during non-dental office hours.)
I have chosen soft lukewarm foods that require little chewing. I spoon them in slowly and carefully ferry them down one side of my mouth. Not fun. Anything hot or cold or wind-blown that crosses the gaping hole on the left side of my mouth where the crown once ruled, brings about head-hitting-the-ceiling pain.
I have never eaten more intentionally in my life. (Except maybe when the tooth the crown once covered first cracked. I can’t even think about that time – it gives me phantom tooth pain.)
So this week’s challenge is to chew intentionally.
Make yourself aware of every bite you take.
Think about, and maybe even give thanks for, your amazing teeth. Chew your food longer, appreciate the tastes and textures.
And if you want to eat in solidarity with me, try chewing on only one side. It changes the taste of your food and brings back the lessons on taste bud locations from elementary school.
I’m off to my favorite dentist to reclaim my crown. I’ve appreciated the chance to eat intentionally, even if it wasn’t my choice. Sometimes it takes a minor catastrophe to teach us to appreciate the things we take for granted – like chewing without pain.
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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