Friday, August 2, 2013

Freaky Friday.......I Don't Want to Sound Mean, But.......

    This is terrible, I know it before I even talk about it, but old people with no teeth freak me out.  I want it clear that I am not making fun of them in any way.  It is sad that they don't have teeth and I am sure most of them can't afford dental work or anything to help them.

     When I was younger, like around 8, I used to love to go spend the night with my great-grandmother.  She was a super sweet lady and very religious.  She lived in a project community and there were a lot of other older people around her.  I loved to just sit and talk to her and I would go visit the other people who lived around her. 

     My senior year in high school I was president of the Beta Club and I formed an adopt a grandparent program for our service project.  With my love of visiting with older people, I loved going to the nursing home and talking to people who were so grateful to have a visitor.  I get frustrated with young people who refuse to talk to older generations.  They can give you knowledge and an education you just can't get from a history book. 

     I was sitting outside of a restaurant the other day with my younger son and two old ladies walked by.  He said, "Old people are just the cutest thing to me."  I was so proud of that statement because they should be appreciated.  After all, unless a more undesirable thing happens, we are all going to be old one day too!

     All that being said, older people who have no teeth are scary to me.  I went to a doctor a couple of times about my back about five years ago and her office was inside a small hospital.  I walked out one day and walked by an old lady standing outside in a hospital gown smoking.  That sounds like a redneck joke when you see someone in a hospital, probably because of smoking, and they walk out in their gown and stand in front of the entrance for a smoke.

     I got by her just a little bit when I heard her yell.  I don't really know how, but people with no teeth have a certain sound when they speak that lets you know they don't have any before you even look.  She yelled at me, "Hey, can you give me a ride home?"  I answered, "No, ma'am."

     She didn't give up.  "It ain't far!"

     I am pretty sure I was running, or at least walking really fast, hurt back or not by this point.  I watch way too many scary movies and Criminal Minds to know this could have a really bad ending for me.

     I don't know what it is, but it must have something to do with the gums because people who have more gums than teeth freak me out too.  You know, people who have small teeth with a lot of gum space and when they smile you see way more gum than teeth. 

     My grandfather, Tom Ed, had false teeth for as long as I can remember.  He would turn around away from us, take them out, and scare the crap out of me and my cousins!  No joke, he would chase us around all toothless! He even did it to my kids a few times.  I think the root of my fear might be because of this, or it certainly didn't help!

     Not meaning to psychoanalyze (is that a word?) myself but I remember when I was young seeing some old women who had almost white faces.  It think white, porcelain skin was way more in style when I was little than the tanned look is today.  I think some old women would even put flour on their faces for that white look. I never understood it and was always a little scared of such a pale look. Then, there was no such thing as the fillers we have today so if they wanted bigger lips they just drew them on.  The lipstick would be completely outside the lip line.

      This makes total sense.  White face and drawn on big, red lips and eyebrows.................................
BAM!  There you have it..........................they looked like clowns!  Maybe that explains that fear!


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