"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

quick note: prior to having braces

me: doc, i'm just wondering because i counted my teeth and i only have 28 of them. adult dentition is at 32. i looked at my scan and there seems to be no teeth hiding in my gums. when will i have my wisdom?

the ortho took a look at my scan and smiled. then, he non-chalantly said, "you don't have any."

me: ha?

ortho: there are people who don't have any and isa ka sa kanila.

me: ha? pwede pala 'yun?! di ako magkakaroon ng wisdom tooth? sure?

ortho: (looking at the scan) wala talaga. the scan is clean. swerte ka nga eh. maraming tao nag-s-suffer dahil sa wisdom tooth.

fine. it took 26 years for me to learn that there are people who don't develop any wisdom tooth at all. i found that amazing. i happen to be one of them. doubly amazing.

--originally posted on june 15, 2009


  1. Mine is also 28. I wonder if I'm ever going to grow them. No sign of extra teeth coming out either.

    Like the appendix, the wisdom teeth are vestigial. We can do without them. If you don't have them, then you are highly evolved.

  2. oh, you got braces? had them, too, years ago! hehehe:)

    i didn't know that there are some people who don't have wisdom tooth, too. hehe:)


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