When I first had my braces put on in June of 2010, it hurt. It hurt my old adult teeth so bad that for the first weekend that they were on I existed on ice cream only. That sounds fun, right? It wasn’t. I cried. I cried because I was so hungry and I just wanted some solid food to fill my stomach. It’s important to note here that 2010 was also the year that I trained for my first marathon, meaning hunger was serious business to me.
This scenario would repeat itself after every orthodontist visit for the first six months of having braces. I despised the soft foods I was limited to; scrambled eggs, oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt, cottage cheese, soup…. Wait, wait, let me rephrase that, I DESPISE those soft foods that I was limited to, not in the past tense, but like, probably forever.
As I began to tell friends that I’d be getting my braces removed soon the most common question I got was, “What will be the first food you eat?”
I hadn’t given it much thought, and didn’t have confidence that I’d be able to go out and chomp into a well-done piece of steak. Instead, I went out for what I knew I’d be able to GET IN MAH BELLAH: ice cream.
With that ice cream, I ordered a turkey sandwich. A sandwich has never felt so exotic. I looked it in the eye, and I bit into it. I didn’t have to do my ritual tear a bite off with my finger and nibble, I went head on into a turkey sandwich. And had there been someone there with me, I wouldn’t have been worried if there was lettuce stuck in my teeth. You have no idea how much you take the action of biting for granted until you have braces as an adult. Next time you have a sandwich, be thankful it’s a simple chore.
So what am I looking forward to eating the most after the removal of my braces?
It’s as simple as that. For the last two and a half years I’ve felt handicapped as an apple eater. If I wanted an apple, I had to cut it into slices. If I wanted an apple with my sack lunch, I had to pack a knife. If I forgot my knife, the apple got bruised from both my neglect and the banging in my sack lunch on its extra trip home instead of in my belly.
I just want to bite into an apple.