I just had someone make fun of the photo above on my blog. Let me share the story of why I use it…
Once upon a time, my sweet little girl, who has the prettiest smile I know, chipped and discolored her front tooth in a playground accident. She was 4 years old. On the day of our photo shoot for my book Lip Reader, the photographer captured several images of my daughter, one of which made it on the book cover. She wasn’t smiling in that one.
At the end of taking photos, she asked if she could wear some of her Mommy’s lipstick. When I let her put the lipstick all over her lips, she flashed her smile.
Even with her chipped and discolored baby teeth and lipstick smeared all over, I thought she looked beautiful. Two years later, those baby teeth were gone, and her permanent teeth appeared—white and straight.
As a mom, I honor my daughter’s decision to smile because it showed her courage and heart.