Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. –Betty Smith

May 21, 2009

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. –Betty Smith

Yesterday Olivia lost another tooth. She now has seven holes in the front of her mouth, which makes for a convenient reason not to eat applies, carrots, or celery sticks. Chocolate pudding will do just fine, she says.

Losing a tooth is a magical moment. It’s both exciting and a bit nerve racking. Big kid teeth. Never again will tiny white chips fall out, unless of course, you play hockey. Losing teeth is a rite of passage. Say hello to grown up teeth and goodbye to the old. Life continues that way.

It’s a shame we can’t greet each goodbye, each hello, each experience with the same zest that a 6-year-old does, when say, writing a note to the tooth fairy. How lovely it would be if we could say all our hellos and goodbyes to people and possessions in our life with utter possibility.

“Dear Tooth Fairy, Will my tooth be put in you castle? Which room will it go in? I hope you set it next to the skis.” Love, Olivia. And magically, a reply and a dollar appear under a pillow. That’s glorious possibility.

Wouldn’t it be nice to say goodbye and hello in only the way a first grader looks in the mirror after losing a tooth, saying hello and goodbye to a whole new look? A new, magical beginning.


  1. This has been a topic of much discussion as Katie transitions from high school to college. We are filled with joy and expectation when we anicipate what God will do next “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”. Wonderful memories and an exciting future but also enjoying and appreciating each present day!

    • This is a perfect example of embracing the glory of the moment! Although, my “glorious” first lost tooth was hitting the dashboard at age two!! Ahhhh, the good ole 70’s when seat belts were not a required safety device:) Anyway, today I will try to remember the glory and excitement of “a first”. Like say, 6 months ago when we pulled out of Summit County to experience life on the road. The feeling is still close…………

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