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CAROL PERKINS: The trip to Louisville & the partial plate story

Sometimes, dentures are delinquent. - CAROL PERKINS
The next earlier column: The quarter for lunch on the kitchen table

By Carol Perkins

My mother has trouble keeping up with her bottom partial (teeth). We have gone through several incidents of her leaving them or misplacing them. One time on our way to Louisville to stay for a week, she realized she had left them at home, so Guy sent them overnight to my aunt's house. Imagine how much he enjoyed that chore!

She doesn't wear them all the time because they don't fit right and never have. Rather than going back and getting them to fit properly, she removes them discreetly before she eats out and never wears them when she is at home. Therefore, they are not a part of her everyday life. That might explain why she can't keep up with them very well.

She didn't realize they were missing until she looked in the place where she normally soaks them only to discover the glass was empty. We had been to Louisville the day/night before she realized they were gone and had eaten in Elizabethtown. I heard her say before getting out of the car that she was going to go ahead and take out her bottom teeth and put them in her purse (wrapped up). Making the announcement would help all of us to remember she didn't wear them inside.

The next day when she called about her missing teeth, Guy went out and searched the car. Nothing. He admits that finding things is not his best quality, so I took a look. Nothing. My mother decided that they had fallen out of the car when we took her home. In trying to get her seatbelt unbuckled, she had turned her purse upside down and it wasn't zipped. Therefore, the teeth must have fallen out. Since they weren't in my car, she thought she might have dropped them in the driveway but the rain had kept her from going back to find out.

When several days passed and we hadn't found them, she knew she would have to go back and get a replacement. "I only wear them when I go out but I will need them." She dreaded the ordeal. In the meantime, I had concluded that the teeth were gone. I just didn't know where.

Four days later, I was in Glasgow and decided to have my car washed. When the girls finished cleaning the inside, one of them said with a grin, "I found some teeth in the back under the seat. I didn't know if you knew they were there." I assured her my mother would be thrilled. She had to wonder what my mother's teeth were doing under my car seat.

Mom was thrilled her teeth were discovered, and I can only imagine what that young girl told her friends when they went out that night!

- Carol Perkins is a regular weekly columnist and can be heard regularly on the Susan & Carol Unscripted Show, FM 99.1 radio, Tuesdays at 10amCT.

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