Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Head Waggin' Oblivian

After griping at my little guy tonight for what now appears to be a teeth brushing strike, I went in the bathroom to brush my own teeth.  I realized tonight that I must never, as in never ever, look at myself when I brush my teeth.  I knew there was one odd thing I do when I brush my teeth.  That is that I always turn the water on about 30 seconds before I am ready to swish and spit.  I feel guilty every time, imagine the Sesame Street piece about that very thing, turn it off, then fight the impulse to turn it back on for the remaining 27 or so seconds. 

I've been aware of this behavior and have been battling it for as long as I can remember.  It's caused me much guilt and stress.  OK, breathe, inhale, exhale...sigh....

So tonight when I was brushing my teeth I turned on the water too early (again!), turned it off, then decided to look at myself.  You know, to be my own distraction.  I am now officially aware of yet another odd tooth brushing habit I possess.  Perhaps everyone does it and it's no thang, but somehow I suspect it's just me.  This is what I saw.  As I brushed side to side (I know I'm supposed to do it in circles, don't lecture me) I also wiggled my head side to side.  It was like I was saying, "no, no, no, no, no, no."  Oy...  Have I always done this?  I can only assume so.  I clearly need a dental hygiene therapist.

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