- fix the upstairs toilet
- fix a leaky basement sink
- install a new faucet on another sink
- supervise bath tub re-caulking
- supervise grout application
- fix a slow-drain in the kitchen sink
- clean gutters
- rake leaves
- re-anchor the dishwasher
- puddy cracks in walls
- reseal shower tile and
- patch a troublesome area on the roof
While my father-in-law and his apprentice were accomplishing the vast list above, the kids were enjoying a half-day off from school and were playing with a playmate of Molly's who'd come to visit for a little while this morning.
Suddenly, I heard a rush of children moving in my direction shouting..."Molly pulled a piece of Kate's tooth out!! Molly pulled Kate's tooth out!! Moooooommmmmmmm!!!!!" I met them in the hallway and sorted a wailing Kate from the pack.
"Molly did what?"
"Sssshhhheee pulled a piece of my loose toooooooth ouuuuuuuutttttttt."
"Just a piece? Let me see."
As she cried I could see lots of blood and one less tooth. She clutched the tiny baby tooth tightly in her hand and fought to keep her jaw clinched in just the same fashion. Seeing I wasn't going to get any further details, I turned to Meg and asked,
"Did she say that Molly pulled her tooth?"
"With a string."
I paused to imagine Molly holding a struggling Kate down long enough to tie a string around the teensie little tooth. Can't you hear it? "Hold thhhtill Katie, I can't tie thith whittle knot...open yo mouff bigga."
After confirming that Kate's entire tooth had made a clean exit from her gums I questioned Meg a bit further, "How did Molly get a string around Kate's loose tooth?"
"Ooooooh," said Meg finally understanding my confusion, "Kate put one of those plastic strings that we make necklaces with around her tooth and Molly wanted the string, so she grabbed at it and out came Kate's tooth."
Kate, whose tooth I had just given a healthy wiggle an hour before, had decided to pull her OWN tooth. She either teased Molly with the string hanging from her lips or Molly was in the right place at the wrong time. Either way, Molly landed a lucky grab and scored Kate's first lost, or would that be kidnapped, tooth. I'm pretty sure Molly was framed.
So, to wrap up today, The Wright Place is without:
- a leaky faucet
- a slow draining kitchen sink
- cracks in plaster
- sinks that leak
- a dishwasher on the move
- a drippy toilet
- overflowing gutters
Definitely one for the baby book, that is if Kate had a baby book, but being child #3, we all know that she does not.