Sunday, January 08, 2006

no broken bones there


"I can't believe this! I chipped my tooth last night on my fork. I thought it felt a little rough, but I just realized when I looked in your mirror, I actually chipped it!"

The urgency made me think it was bad. I wondered how I might have missed it.

"Let me see."

I see a tiny surface chip on his front tooth.

"It doesn't look bad at all. You may not even have to do anything about it."

"These teeth were expensive. I can't believe I did this."

"Do you want me to kiss it better?"

"I'm upset."

"Do you want me to kiss it better?"

"My tooth?"

"Yeah."

"Ok"

I kiss his tooth.

"I never hurt myself. Never! Never even broken a bone".

The root of behavior is not always convoluted. It is often so literal it is difficult to see.

It was essential that he never hurt himself because his brother did. Plain and simple. I saw it everywhere. I called it selfish when I was mad, but I could just as easily call it self-preservation. It doesn't make it any more palatable, but it does make sense.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

what the fuck?
this is a man you're writing about?
i "chipped" my tooth taking a sucker punch from a wino in north hollywood.
it was lovely.
you should see it now.

but hey...can you kiss it anyway?

amp

Rachel said...

My pleasure.

Please tell me you fixed it...

Anonymous said...

i fixed it
a long time ago
half real
half fake
and it gets replaced
every 10 yrs. or so
you know...to match up shades
and all that
shit
amp

Rachel said...

Good - I wasn't ready to add a half-tooth or a gold tooth to my current image of you with your kangol hat on backwards.

Anonymous said...

can't wear my Kangol hat on backwards...it's the bell-type (ll cool j).
not the taxi-driver type (missy elliot).
amp

ChapFu said...

hate to interrupt the chatroom antics over here, but i just had to say HAHA, amp has an ll cool j hat! *pointing*

Anonymous said...

of course he does.
remember where he grew up, right?

amp