This morning I took two kids to the orthodontist and handed over all my money. The kids were given silver smiles and sore gums then sent home. Despite tylenol and advil, pudding and ice cream, mashed potatoes and bread, they are miserable. It's amazing what we put ourselves (and our kids) through, knowing that the outcome will be worth the pain. They entered this adventure willingly even while knowing that it would be unpleasant at times. Life is like that.