Thursday February 10, 2011

The day has finally come. D-day!!!  The dreaded day Carter replaces his herbst appliance for braces.   Pain!   Soft food! Grumpy behavior!   Pain pills!  D-Day for a parent.

Actually the pain has been there for me when you look at the number of times to the orthodontist, the rearranging clients to take Carter, and the cost. Did I say the cost. Let me reiterate that last point. It seems like a never-ending monthly bill attached to my credit card that hasn’t stopped yet. This doesn’t even include the future pain of  him getting his braces off and encouraging him to wear his retainer and brush his treasure in his mouth

This day started with a good breakfast of southwest eggs and bacon, a shower and two sandwiches with homemade brownies and cheese balls. Carter was concerned about the pain involved in this day of changing his mouth from the herbst appliance to wires. He was nervous and so we talked all the way to school. I got a text midway through the morning wanting to go out to have his last meal before D-Day.

As I picked him up he had eaten his lunch but wanted a number 7 from Taco Bell which he promptly consumed. And here I sit waiting for 2 hours for this transformation to occur.

And I overwhelmed with the thought that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but with my son and support him this day. Tears come to my eyes as I am so grateful for having family and getting to experience connection with my son as he goes through his D-Day experience. For me it is a dramatically wonderful day!!!

Enjoy the journey

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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1 Response to D-Day

  1. Judi Stivers says:

    You are a wonderful father and mother! This is a blessing to parents who read your blog, being able to share how you love every experience with Carter (no matter how disruptive it is to your day), experiences we all tend to take for granted or consider a problem.
    God bless you, Judi

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