At age 64, I’m getting braces for the first time.
I’ve been thinking about it ever since my son was born three years ago. My husband and I have always wanted him to grow up with two loving parents rather than one, but we never had any children of our own before. Now that we are both retired, there really isn’t anything holding us back from having kids again!
My decision to get braces came down to a few factors:
1) I want my child(ren) to see me happy.
Having braces will make me look older and happier, which would definitely be good for them. Plus, I am hoping they’ll be able to appreciate their dad/mom when they’re old enough (and hopefully not too old).
2) I don’t want to be embarrassed about my appearance.
I feel like if I do wear makeup or other cosmetic enhancements, then that will make me seem less “real” and therefore less attractive to potential mates. So, while I may still enjoy socializing and dating, it won’t involve wearing ridiculous outfits or trying to dress like a pinup model.
3) There are some physical benefits of having braces.
My teeth are naturally pretty straight, but the pressure of some of my molars has caused a slight depression on the inside of my bottom row. This will be probably be alleviated once my braces are removed.
4) I’m really looking forward to having straight teeth!
I used to be insecure about getting older and would always wear a lot of makeup to make myself look younger. However, I’ve come to realize that I don’t need any of that superficial nonsense.
After all, when it comes down to it, looks and youth are all that matters, right?
I know some people think it’s silly that I’m getting braces at my age, but I’m actually really excited! Not only do I get to go through another change in my life, but it will also be a good chance for me to bond with my son. Of course, before he was born, I wasn’t exactly sure how to be a supportive parent. Fortunately, my husband has been able to offer me some tips on what to do and what not to do.
Sometimes I really wish I had children sooner in life. It would have been nice for my son or daughter to have had a loving mother when they were growing up and of course, some siblings. However, at least my son will grow up in a loving home with his parents around.
I’m confident that he’ll be just fine and so will I.
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It can’t happen here by B Friel – 1965 – Macmillan
The bricolage of the here: young people’s narratives of identity in the countryside by S Lewis – 2014 – books.google.com
Brian Friel Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Freedom of the City; Living Quarters; Aristocrats; Faith Healer; Translations by M Leyshon, J Bull – 2011 – Taylor & Francis
Child and adolescent perceptions of oral health over the life course by B Friel – 2013 – books.google.com
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Analysis of effector and regulatory immune reactivity to nickel by M L’engle – 2012 – Macmillan