I stood up then and went over to the mirror. I tried to insert the chip of tooth back into place, but it fell right out and I saw what my smile looked like: old. I am getting old. I can only hope that I’m healthy enough to continue on this path; I can only pray more teeth slip from their sockets and my body grows wizened and wise. If I’m lucky, my path will be so long that on my way I’ll lose more and more pieces of myself to the scalpel of time; if I’m blessed, I’ll recall my losses with love.
Lauren Slater’s new book, The Sixty Thousand Dollar Dog, will be published in 2011.
Originally published in the November 2010 issue of More.
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