The kids & I took an impromptu trip to the Zoo today. Amelia starts Pre-K tomorrow, and we were up early this morning (we’ve been trying to get up early so Amelia gets used to the routine), so when Amelia asked if we could go, I said Yes. I think it surprised her that I agreed so quickly. My only conditions were that we wouldn’t buy anything & we could only spend a couple hours there. You wouldn’t believe how it cut down on begging, whining & dawdling…I may do this every time we go.
Because we were there pretty early, there were very few people there (SO NICE). The only area that was a bit crowded was the Panda exhibit. Three of the Pandas were inside, so everyone was packed into the 3-sided glass enclosure.
As we were walking out, Amelia asked “Mommy, do some people have golden teeth?”. We live in Atlanta….it happens. I tried to be subtle and look back to see if we’d passed anyone with a grill. I didn’t see anyone obvious, but it seems like she must have seen it somewhere. My daughter comes out with a lot of random stuff, but I feel like gold teeth are something that she’d have to see right then in order to comment.
When I told her that, yes, some people do have gold teeth, she opened her mouth wide and said “Do I have any golden teeth?”. Um, no sweetie, you don’t have any golden teeth. And yes, she did ask about golden teeth…not gold teeth. Then she asked “Mommy, when will I grow a golden tooth?” I had to break it to her that people don’t actually grow golden teeth. She was bummed. It was a little like the time she asked when she was going to turn brown and I told her that she wouldn’t. Oh, the heartbreak of a 4 year old…..
I thought the conversation was finished….until she asked “Mommy…when can I GET a golden tooth?”
I said what any good mother would say.
“Right after you buy your mama a Cadillac.”