Monday, March 06, 2006

Look Ma, No Braces!

My sweet cousin Beverly had a momentous day today. After 5 1/2 years, she finally got her braces off. She got them on so long ago, she doesn't even remember the day they put them on -- back when she was 10.

Anyone who had braces will never forget the day you get them off -- before it comes, you feel like once they are off, you will finally feel grown up. But after they finally do remove them, you can't get over the sensation of how SMOOTH your mouth is, how BIG and ROUND your teeth are, like gigantic fat marble columns in your mouth. And your lips! They feel like plush velvet curtains going over them, and the nap must be 12 inches thick! Its a weird sensation. Neuroscientists would say after so many years of spikey brackets and hard wires, your neurons completely desensitized to such roughness that when they are presented with normal, the smooth sensations are way over represented. (Does that make sense or did I have too much wine with dinner?)

Before:


After:


To celebrate, Colin and I took Bev and her mom, Cinda, to Chuy's for some seriously good Tex Mex, where Bev didn't have to worry about getting salsa in her brackets. I thought about letting her just eat an apple for lunch, since she hasn't had a whole one in over half a decade, but then thought Chuy's might be easier! She even got to test drive the Hybrid Highlander today.

Bev with Colin and Vino

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, she is sooooooooooo lovely! Congrats Bev on your big day and you were so terrific through your long 5 1/2 years - you never complained!
Love, Aunt Bev

EdamameMommy said...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks great (and prolly does feel even better!) Can't wait to see in person on Monday. Glad she got to celebrate at Chuy's. Thanks for all the pics.

U. Eric said...

Wow! That looks great Bev.

Aunty Norma said...

My! what a lovely looking young lady you are,Bevie! and what beautiful pics you and Anna take..I feel quite proud for you in a funny kind of way..'course you are a part of my Family even though it's a smallee part :o) xx

Aunty Norma said...

Jennifer...you certainly have a way with words..I meant to tell you in my last posting...sorry :o) x

Emily said...

Wow, what a beautiful smile.

lindsey said...

Bev, you look beautiful! You almost beat my dad's record of over six years with braces. Thanks for posting this Jen.

See you all in April (I know you can hardly contain yourselves)!

Anonymous said...

Well, I feel like a celebrity!

Jenn- you discribed the sensation PERFECTLY!!!! It feels so great....even better than I thought. Then, I had my retainer fit later that day and I told my mom, "The party's over!" =/ I sound really demented with this "thing" in my mouth. BUT, don't get me wrong, in no way am I complaining!!!!!!! =)

Thanks so much,you guys, for all the lovely comments!

And, I am so glad I got to spend this awesome day with Colin,Jenn, and Anna briefly!

Love-Bevie-

P.S. THE HIGHLANDER WAS AWESOME!!!! It felt like we were gliding on air...and the acceleration was great!

paula said...

Congratulations Bevie, you look lovely!!!