I have to visit the Minor Oral Surgery Unit today. My appointment is at 10.25, but I have to get there for 10.00. I’ll spare gory details, but one of my teeth must come out. It’s the one next to the big one at the top on the right-hand side. When I feel it with my tongue it feels alarmingly near to the front of my mouth but a probing fore-finger reassures my tongue that it’s quite far back really. I did a little test at work the other day … I stuck blu-tac on it and smiled, beamed and laughed in the mirror in the office. Trouble was everyone else smiled, beamed and laughed too!
I had to know, you see. When it had gone, would I look like a toothless old hag?
It’s a slippery slope! It’s important to remain vigilant and ward off the age-gremlins when you’re in your fifties. In the last few weeks I’ve:
- Cooked liver for tea and actually enjoyed it instead of pretending to
- Moaned about the price of fish
- Got in someone’s way in the aisle at Tesco’s
- Obsessed about magpies and silly superstitions
- Indulged in some bad driving
- Been praised for having a miniature sewing kit in my handbag
- Become a granny again
And now I’ve started losing teeth …. oh my gawd!
To keep the grim reaper at bay I’ve decided to take some positive action.
1. I have 101 Housework Songs (as advertised on TV). Oh joy! Will dance naked to the first track on the first CD with a new and handsome domestic appliance
2. I will drink a Jack Daniels and Coke in the pub on Sunday
3. I’ll listen to Radio One and not Radio Two in the car
4. I’ll smile seductively at the first handsome young man I see today
5. I’ll ask Emily if I can borrow an item of her clothing
Do you think that might do it?