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I found these pictures of my grandson when my computer broke down and I could safe my pictures in the last minute. Of course these photos were taken in July 3 years ago, but they brought back memories of my childhood when I lost my teeth !
His face looks like mine at this age only the female version of course. Unfortunately I have no pictures of myself as it I must have lost my teeth in 1949 or 50 and at that time parents hadn't time or cameras to take pictures of their children. It was just 4 years after the war and most of the cities had to be reconstructed;
In my school which was a kind of metal container as the school was badly damaged by the bombing of Bonn in Germany where I lived with my parents at that time. We were 80 in one class and were 3 on one bench for two, because there were not enough benches. But all that didn't matter for us children when one girl's tooth started to waggle we all were very interested and observed it every day. I was a bit jaleous because my teeth were still fix and didn't move at all. We got a lot of advices how to pull out the waggling tooth, wrapping a thread around the tooth and the other end around the door handle and then slam the door. Of course that didn't work because the thread was to thick or too thin and broke before.
Finally one day the girl arrived with the tooth in her hand very proud to be the first one ! I must have followed shortly later because my front teet started to waggle and I pulled on them and moved them to get them out. And finally I managed ! I can't remember that I have gotten something for my lost tooth, like it is the use here, when a child looses a tooth a little mouse brings something and put it under the pillow. Now I had a smile like Frankenstein's daughter, but at least the first step was made;
When you are in a vintage age and loose the "second" range of teeth you are not proud at all but rather very upset. The dentist drama starts with taking care of tooth aches, has to drill holes, you suffer like hell and at the end you looses them all, but there is not a third range of teeth growing, this time you have to dig deep in your wallet and pay the dentist for a brand new set of artificial teeth.