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My Kids Have Too Many Teeth

Parents, you will appreciate this essay!

"'That's just so many teeth.'

"This is what I said to the confused mother of five seated across from me at lunch. It was a weird followup to a pretty standard suburban question: "How many kids do you have?" Depending on your point of view, there are plenty of more appropriate reactions, including "how wonderful" and "so you have to make dinner for seven people every single night?" Those thoughts also ran in the back of my mind, along with questions about what kind of a car she drives and if she knows about college tuition. But mostly, I wondered about the teeth. Because I have three kids — and that already is far too many teeth."

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