Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Freaky Collection

I was at my mum and dad's place they other day, feasting on roast lamb, lemon meringue pie and indulging in good red wine when my mum got out a teeny tiny little container and casually placed it in front of me. After noticing it there- i twisted of the small wooden lid to find, gasp...


this...



A little collection of teeth. Strange? Maybe.

It reminded me of a conversation my bestie and I had just before her son's first hair cut. I suggested she keep a gorgeous golden curl as a keepsake. She look at me a laughed. 'What?' she exclaims ' Just like Hannibal from silence of the lambs?'. Um... yeah. Actually, EXACTLY like that!

I must confess, I have kept a little snippet of the Young Man's hair. Is that gross?


So fellow freaks, what do you collect?

18 comments:

  1. I love this Em. I did the same but my kids made me discard them. I suggest you collect your mum's body parts as they fall off! Which reminds me...If you don't have "Vegetable Glue" in your repertoire of children's picture books you need to get it. I know it would appeal...It tells kids the truth...that if you don't eat veges your bottom falls off.

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  2. ha ha maybe a little bit weird but not really as my parents have a couple of their pet dogs teeth... I think that is much weirder than children's teeth.
    I too kept a lock of my little boys hair.

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  3. I have a baby book that mum and dad made and theirs a lock of my dark hair in it, I used to love touching it, its still so soft! I don't think they ever did the teeth thing, but I know people who did.
    Whatever floats your boat I spose

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  4. I kept a lock of hair from each of my children's first haircuts, which have been placed in their photo albums. (Ha, photo album, now there's a relic from the past....). Now it is all just on hard drives and memory sticks...not quite the same...

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  5. I also have a lock of hair from my son's first hair cut and i've kept his teeth. I didn't think it was weird at all - until now LOL

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  6. Yep I've got the snippet of hair in the kids books. I'm a hairdresser and it's def not an unusual thing for people to do. Well, maybe it is unusual, but it's not uncommon!

    I was cleaning out my wardrobe the other day and I came across a tiny zip lock bag with 2 tiny teeth in it. I don't even remember keeping them, I'm assuming they're the first of each of my kids teeth. Mum's are weirdo's sometimes!

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  7. Oh yes. I DO collect. My baby teeth, the teen's blond baby lock... never really though of it as weird but what will I do with those things in time?! Ha.

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  8. Not wierd at all. I have my sons teeth that have fallen out, locks of each of their hair and in an envelope somewhere I even have hair from my first haircut that my mum kept!

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  9. It's not gross at all. I have all my teeth that my parents collected MANY decades ago. I know have two collections on the go - I think there are 8 teeth in my eldest's box and only one so far in my babes. I think it's rather lovely.

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  10. Hair I understand, teeth not so much.
    Actually if I am honest the teeth thing kinda freaks me out .... but gorgeous baby hair that is different all together.
    Sorry ... does that mean we cant be friends?

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  11. My mum kept my teeth too! I think it is weird.. but kinda cool at the same time :)

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  12. Eewh, no to the teeth for me....hair pretty cute but I forgot so won't be in my collection. My poor mum had stickers, soaps, key rings and all sorts of collections of mine from over the years.....who knows what I will end up with but I am liking the body parts idea lol x

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  13. My dad had curly blonde hair when he was little and my grandma didn't get it cut until he was about three years old and he looked like a proper girl. She saved all of his hair from his first cut, and put some of it in a heart-shaped frame. That frame is still sitting on top of the chest-of-drawers in my parents' bedroom, on display next to a childhood photo of him.

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  14. Mum has all of our baby teeth in film canisters! with a label on the outside with dates the teeth fell out scribbled all over it!

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  15. a mum at school was saying that her daughters first tooth was wobbly, and what should she do with the teeth when they eventually fall out. I suggested she made a necklace! Didn't go down too well. come on, it was a joke! I'd make earrings! x

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  16. Oh I am SO glad to see someone else has a mum who collected their kid's teeth (my parents had 4 kids - that's a lot of teeth). I found ours after she died, but obviously there is no telling what teeth belong to whom so we tossed them out. It is such a surreal experience to hold your child's tooth in your hands, an actual part of them, so with my first daughter (and the ones after that) I ended up keeping the first fallen tooth because I COULD NOT throw it away, it was too precious. I now realise why my mum had to keep all those teeth. Bless!

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  17. Curls I can do. I made my mum throw out my teeth! LOL... actually, I have also kept a lock of my Spoodles fur... he was hit by a car, and I wanted something to remember him by. Bit weird? Possibly. :)

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  18. I have to comment on this old post, my mum snipped my Great Gran's long brown and slightly greying plait when she was in hospital just before she died. she kept it in a plastic bag in her underwear drawer and we always pulled it out and looked at it. We didn't find it gross but beautiful and it still had her ribbon in it that she used everyday. It's been at least 30 years since she died and it's still in perfect condition. .......I do find it a bit freaky now though.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em