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Archive for July 15th, 2008

Day of the necklaces

The boys are teething, at the same time, they do everything together. Calpol, calprofen and teething powders have all been employed to try and reduce their pain, and daughter’s distress. Teething powders look so questionable, the boys lie on the floor, whilst daughter empties the white, powdery contents of small paper sachets into their mouths and then rubs the remnants into their gums. Looks highly suspicious to me! All these remedies offer some solace, but it is short-term but another panacea looms, an amber necklace. I know, treehuggy, but desperate times require desperate measures. I visited a woman the other day whose 20 month-old little boy was wearing a necklace, I asked him if he was playing dressing-up, his Mummy explained that the necklace was a teething-pain remedy. I suspended disbelief and asked her the rationale behind it. ‘Wearing baltic amber is a traditional European remedy for teething. Amber is a natural analgesic and when worn on the skin, it releases healing oils that helps babies and young children to stay calm and more relaxed thoughout teething. Amber necklaces are a great natural remedy and can eliminate the need for over the counter drugs’, is basically what she told me. Now, I’ve mused, and mused. Watched daughter yawning, seen how tired she is. Noticed how miserable the boys can be, dribbling constantly, sore bottoms, waking with the pain and now I’ve taken the plunge and ordered two amber necklaces. I shall report on their efficacy, or otherwise.

At my house I have a little perspex chest which is full plastic of bead necklaces, bracelets, clip-on earrings and decorative hair clips, Amy loves it. Today she was playing with the contents and had festooned herself with lots of the necklaces. The time came for me to take her home and look after her and the boys whilst their Mummy had a break, I didn’t bother to remove them before we headed out. Whilst at their house she removed the jewellery, I put all the necklaces around my neck to stop the boys from eating them, and promptly forgot about them. On the way home I stopped to pick-up some shopping. I wandered happily around, smiling at everyone who looked at me, and lots of people did look! When I got home I saw the perspex chest and realised I had just set a new fashion trend, multiple, plastic, variously coloured, plastic necklaces.

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