I have a pair of brown Mootsies Tootsies. I love those casual pumps. They look good with my French Trench.
Over the weekend in the Twin Cities, I met a guy who plays guitar with Dr. Mamboâ€™s Combo.
While cruisinâ€™ with our teen granddaughter on Lexington Avenue,Â we heard Little Richard sing, â€œTutti Frutti.â€ Amelia was so amused by the 1955 hit and its opening cry of, â€œwomp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom,â€ that she sniggered all the way through the song.
Some people say Pacoâ€™s Tacos is the best Mexican restaurant ever and last week the Herald ran a story about the aggie baggie â€“ a farmerâ€™s solution for the grain storage problem.
In some parts of the country thereâ€™s a cleaning company called Sweaty Betty and a clothing store known as Passion for Fashion.
Since weâ€™re on a roll with the rhymes, letâ€™s do one more. Today I want to tell you about:
Like Josephâ€™s Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, theyâ€™re red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and grey and purple and white and pink and orange.
Grace, 12, in the photo above, is our second granddaughter. Sheâ€™s a Ruby Girl like me because she, too, has a July birthday. The violin on the wall beside her belonged to herÂ great grandfather. On Christmas Eve, he played â€œSilent Night,â€ on it in church. Grace is a violinist, too.
About six weeks ago, Grace got braces.
I recall that aÂ few years back,Â she was a little put out byÂ all the attention her older sister received when she got braces. Now it’s Grace’s turn to be pampered.Â
For starters, four teeth had to come out of Graceâ€™s mouth so thereâ€™d be room for the braces to move the others where they need to be. She was sent to dream land just before two top teeth and two bottom teeth were pulled.
Grace recalls that day. â€œThe main doctor was really serious,â€ she said, â€œlike really into it and telling us â€˜this is what could happen to you.â€™ But the two nurses were really, really nice. It took six minutes to get them out and it was sore afterwards.â€
Next came â€œspacers,â€ Grace tells me. â€œThey put spacers in between your teeth, these little blue things that make space for the wires to go in between. Then you wait about two weeks because after the spacers you have to put the bands on. The bands are silver things that go around the back. But one of my spacers wasnâ€™t put in right so they had to fix that and keep that one in there for another week. Then in two weeks I got my braces on.â€
The day the braces went on, I received a short and sweet text message from Grace. It read: â€œPray for me. I canâ€™t even tell you how it feels.â€
I took that to mean it was pretty unpleasant and I did pray for her.
â€œIt was really weird,â€ Grace says now. â€œWhen I first was brushing my teeth, it felt like I wasnâ€™t brushing my teeth but my braces. The braces feel like they are sticking out an inch. But itâ€™s not that bad when you are a week into it. The first week you canâ€™t bite anything with your front teeth and if you eat something really crunchy, like chips, a wire could come out. Thatâ€™s happened twice but you can put them back in yourself so thatâ€™s not a problem.”
This Ruby Grandma thinks the one who came up with the idea of â€œTechnicolorâ€ braces was pretty insightful. Color makes them fun to wear because you can match your shirt with your braces.
â€œYou get to switch the colors around,â€ Grace said. â€œRight now I have yellow and orange, fall colors. Iâ€™ll change them the next time I go in â€“ probably pink and blue or blue and green.â€
And so, as with all things, the passage of time is the key.
â€œLetâ€™s see,â€ Grace said. â€œIt feels like Iâ€™ve had my braces for years already. I like the colors. I like that theyâ€™re straightening my teeth already. I dislike having to remember to put on rubber bands. I dislike how my orthodontist has to crank on them every five weeks. Itâ€™s hard at first to eat with braces, but after about three or four weeks they start to not hurt.â€
Does Grace have any advice for other kids who are facing this part of growing up? Indeed she does. Itâ€™s this: