Monday, April 5, 2010

Now Don't Forget to Brush...!!

Last night I reminded my daughter to brush her teeth well before going to bed.  I'm sure she resents this because, after all, she is a 16 year old girl.  But she is also a girl who still has braces and forgets to brush enough.  I know this because I am her mother.  So she gripes, grouses, and generally gives me a frowny face when I point out that I had totally ragged her brother about brushing his.  She got a step, maybe two, out of my doorway when she flipped back around and casually sauntered up to the bed and petted her cat, Zaphoid Beeblebrox.  Now as we all know, Zaphy is... he's... well, there is no good way to say it, he's a bit of a petting sponge.  He's also quite vocal about having his daily brushing.

"Don't believe a word she says!!
Look at these innocent eyes!!  You are getting sleeeeeeepy.
Your eyelids are getting heavy.  You are going to the store
and buying lots of gooshy food and catnip!!"

As Jennifer is petting her cat, she cocks her face up slyly at me and says, "Mom!!  You have just not been brushing my cat as well as you should!!  I mean really, his fur feels as bad as my hair does when it's this dirty!" she thrusts out a braid for dirt-laden comparison.  "You have simply got to do a better job of brushing my cat!  And it has to be the metal side, not the boar bristle side.  You know that the boar bristle side doesn't properly reach his undercoat."  She went on in this vein for a good ten minutes, long enough for her to embroil my husband into the show.  It still didn't get her out of brushing her teeth... however, it did manage to win Zaphy two more brushings and an extra set of bedtime treats.  hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

"hmmmmmmmm indeed.  Dale's Chicken is verrrrrrrry goooood.  You don't ever really give us any.  When you go to the store, you should also buy lots and lots of chicken.  Now where's the dad-person?"

"Me-om?  You should also get this apron for dad."


  1. Hmm, I vaguely remember being a teenager, with braces at that age, but think I was pretty good about brushing. Maybe not so good about flossing! I thought your daughter was going to say that Zaphy needed his teeth brushed too! I'd love it if mine would let me brush their teeth, it would have saved on cat dental bills back in the fall and in February!

  2. ::nods:: I was good about brushing mine as well. OTOH maybe my mother was stricter about checking me and I'm not so good. ::sigh:: My boys will let me check their teeth... sometimes... but brush them?! ::shudder:: I do give them extra-crunchy treats which seem to help.

  3. Who likes brushing? Not many people or cats.

  4. As far as teeth go, some can be trained to it. My husband is diabetic and he brushes morning & night with a fanaticism to behold! He's starting to get back into flossing as well after a recent dental visit.

    But as for fur... Zaphy is King of the Horde! He'll follow you down the hall, into the bathroom, get in between you and a book, onto the keyboard, under your hand... all while yelling profusely... usually at me! "Meeee-ooooooom! Meeeeee-oooooom! meeeurrrrrrrrrooooooooooooowwwwwww! mmmmmmmeuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrooooooooooowwwwwww!" Sometimes I will ask, "What do you want now Meurow Cat? Brushing?" and he'll get louder and louder, weaving around, and sometimes leaping... leading me emphatically into the bedroom and his brush (he doesn't care if anyone else uses it, but it's his brush!).