What the Dentist Looks Like

I’m sorry to leave you hanging for so long.  There is a window where I do dishes and when I look out I see this vine.

It’s so refreshing to see beauty when your hands are full of soap suds.  It gives you something to aspire to.


But lately, this is what I’ve been feeling like.

School started.

I got the flu.

The van broke down.

The dentist cost $444 just for checkups.

Like the cherry on top, I got a parking ticket while parked at the dentist office.

I think I have a new mole.


And if this is Botany Analogy Day than this is what I felt like in 6th grade.  I was the tallest one (along with Lee Bynon,who was a boy) and nobody else came close.

5′ 10″ was it?  90 pounds?  There are issues that follow a skeletal structure like that because of  junior high.  This blog is a testament.  Hey, Lee, if you’re reading this, how did your life turn out?  Mine is fine!

Except for lately.


Lately I’ve been feeling like the life I imagined for myself is just out of reach.  I’m here, and it’s there, in the beyond.

I want to be a patient mom, and have a clean house so people can come over, and lose 4 dress sizes.

But… life is now.  It ain’t going to start when all of that happens.

Life is Now.  My friend Trish gave me a stencil of that, I like the saying so much.  It’s one of those peel and stick stencils but I haven’t put it up yet because we’ve been meaning to paint and you can’t reuse it.  So the “Life is Now” stencil has been sitting, waiting for…5 years?

And that about sums up me:

My “Life is Now” stencil is gathering dust until I can put it up after the wall is painted so I can look at “Life is Now” and remember that life doesn’t start someday, Life is Now.

But I started this post to tell you what going to the dentist looks like.  Ready?



We see this across the street when we go to our dentist.  Wouldn’t it be cool if his office were in the top of one of those towers?  Unless he had a hunchback and an evil grin.


The younger boys had to wait their turn for the dentist, while the older two kids took their turn under the drill, so we visited the park across the street.

This meant going to see the Magic Tree.

We call it the Magic Tree because it’s the coolest tree in the world.  Huge, and climbable, and instead of growing up, it grows sideways and out over the water.


But when we got there, this is all we found!  Oh, Magic Tree, we will miss you!  Whoever cut it down left pieces of it in memory.


Or maybe it was just too huge to haul away.


Like” The Giving Tree”,


It was making itself available.  And isn’t this just what a kid would do?  When did adults stop doing this?  And why?

We’d be a lot more flexible and less prone to hip injuries if we’d never stopped doing the Forked Branch Stretch.


There were other romantic trees still there, but they only grew straight up.  This one captured Tristan’s attention.


See it hanging there, just above his head?  He’s about to ask a question.


“Mom, can I grab that and swing out over the water?”


“Please, I know I can do it!”

This was the Taunting Tree.  It grew that way to invite kids who’d never be allowed, to swing out over the water.  I almost wanted to say “yes” to thwart it.

But I decided the boys should stay clean for the dentist.  After all, I didn’t want them to show up as if they hadn’t had a bath last night to get all spiffy and clean.


You know, like this.


We wouldn’t want this in the waiting room, would we?


No, the dentist office was for clean, respectable people , who did their homeschool while they waited.


Meanwhile, back at the park, the boys were doing what all boys do.  Running,


And using a spare nail they found lying around to…HEY, what are you guys doing?!


“This lock needs picking, Mom.”

A teachable moment.  Thou shalt not pick locks found in public places.  Or any other place unless you are escaping from a robber.


Running again.


Right past these flowers.  They couldn’t be bothered with flowers when ducks were calling. ” Ducks, Mom, ducks!”

Ducks at a park trump all.

And that’s where the story ends  (to be continued tomorrow).  A duck post.  Just one more thing…


Don’t forget,  Life is Now!

10 Responses to What the Dentist Looks Like
  1. Mindee@ourfrontdoor
    September 9, 2010 | 10:35 pm

    Wow. Great writing, fabulous photos and the way you tied it all together . . . well, it seems a shame to put it on a blog. You need a binding or at least a magazine credit for this one MJ.

    • Missy Jill
      September 10, 2010 | 7:59 am

      Mindee, coming from YOU that means a lot. I aspire to be as relevant, as funny, and as wise!

  2. Cece
    September 9, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    Yep, this post is, like the farmer, out standing in its field.

    Seriously, great writing, Meeps!

    • Missy Jill
      September 10, 2010 | 7:58 am

      Did you really just say that? It DID make me laugh. It made me think of the wheat field across from our house on Meadowlark where you used to make mazes. If that farmer were out standing in his field, what would he say about that?

  3. Lola
    September 10, 2010 | 4:09 am

    You made me smile – thank you sooooo much, Outstanding Flower! Hugs – Lola

    • Missy Jill
      September 10, 2010 | 7:57 am

      Did it stop raining yet? I SO wish I could see what a forest in Germany looks like. Hey, Lola, you should start a blog to show us all!

  4. Christina
    September 10, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    Oh, my, I love this post. I kid you not, just last night as I was trying to go to sleep I was thinking about when I was 16 and thinking about what I would be like when I was older. Not that I did that, but if I had, then I definitely would not have thought up this life that I am living. Not that my life is bad, because compared to A LOT of people in the world, circumstancially speaking, my life is amazing. But…my…I am having a hard time coming up with the right word(s). My attitude, the OCD, how unmotivated and sad I feel a lot of the time. Those things, I never would have imagined. Your “Life is now” bit really struck a chord with me. A few weeks ago I wrote about a charm that I just happened to see at the pool; it said “Live your life”. Pretty crazy, at that moment that I would see it, just lying on the cement. Well. I don’t know that there is a point to all this, except to say I hear you. Or read you, whatever.
    I’m sorry about that tree! But it’s happy that boys can move on to other cool things. 🙂

    • Missy Jill
      September 10, 2010 | 8:30 pm

      Oh, that’s PERFECT-“Live Your Life”, and the way that you found it. I’m going to go find the post you wrote.

  5. Betsy Derr
    September 10, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    Missy, this is one of your barnburners!

    Loved everything about it, except that you are not feeling up to par : (

  6. Missy Jill
    September 10, 2010 | 10:24 pm

    “Barnburner”, lllllllllllllllll. Betsy, you have the best sayings! And thank you! I’m so glad God put you in my life all those years ago.

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