you have the cutest smile! That kitchen is so homey and appealing. Well done, you !
Why thank you, @tinyliny
I could say it's because I was finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and that would be partially it; the other, bigger, reason is that DH takes the photographs, and that makes all the difference.
I avoided smiling till I was 27 because I genetically had a big gap in my teeth and a lot of people gave me a hard time about it, including middle school bullies and my own parents - I had choice nicknames like "beaver" and "rat" and "buck teeth" as a teenager. When I was old enough to have a salary, my first priority was repairing some damage done by an old horse riding accident in childhood - I actually could not breathe through my nose for 16 years because it had been so badly broken - and it was great to be able to do so again, once they surgically opened up my nasal passages from the obtruding scar tissue that had formed. And then the second thing was to see an orthodontist, who made me a partial brace with Christmas-coloured elastics that closed my gap in half a year. I was teaching at the time so some of the students were very happy that their teacher went to the same orthodontist as they did.
And then I started smiling, and I've not stopped.
We could say it's silly, and part of it is really - but I don't think wanting the gap closed was any sillier than people giving me a hard time about it when I was young. And because I've got an untreated overbite, pulling the teeth in to close the gap also let me close my lips properly, which is a functional issue.
I don't have to tell this story, but when people remark about my smile, sometimes I do. I hope it will make people look out for young people with physical blemishes which they get savaged over, and be kind to them, and show them that not everyone in the world is a pig's posterior orifice.
As mature adults, when we speak up about nastiness or injustice, and when we are kind to others, it can make a world of difference to others. Everyone reading, please remember your power to make life brighter for other human beings, especially those not yet long in this world.
We're really happy with the kitchen. Totally functional, totally fitted the budget, appeals aesthetically to us, cute, low environmental footprint, and a one-off because remodelled; and it's inspired other people to do similar things. It's more important to have good taste and a bit of ingenuity than buckets of money!
And it was other people writing stuff like this that got us thinking outside the square in so many ways that we are grateful for. So now we do the same. Life is so much nicer when it's that way, rather than the usual competition in the rat race.
I hope your art is coming along well and that you are enjoying your riding!
It's always a highlight when you post new artwork you have done. I like seeing the light in other people!
Have a wonderful day, @tinyliny
, and all the other K&Ks!
And thanks again all for letting me be an official cheerleader!