A floss of a different color

February 7th, 2008

Some things said are not to be forgotten:

So last night my husband stuck his head into the office where I was filling out the Scholastic Book order form and all such things I like to do in my spare time said, “Did you get Georgia some different floss sticks?” Then she wandered in holding up the offending specimen and said:

Mommy, these are really hard to use.

I whipped my head around to look at the both of them and said YES I GOT SOME DIFFERENT ONES BECAUSE I DIDN’T MAKE A SPECIAL TRIP TO TARGET.

The thing is, I’m conscientiously avoiding Target for incidentals since they usually extract $200 or more from me before I leave. I’ve written about the peculiar devotion I have for flossing, and my wicked bliss to see my daughter favorably habituated toward dental hygiene because of our early introduction of candy-colored flossing sticks, but criminy guys, HOW ABOUT TRANSITIONING TO SOME NEW FLOSS STICKS BECAUSE I DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO MAKE SPECIAL TRIPS TO ALL THESE SPECIAL PLACES FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THINGS LIKE SPECIAL FLOSS STICKS THAT THEY DON’T SELL AT THE GROCERY STORE.

And Georgia looks at me and says:

Mommy, these are really easy to use.


  1. It’s hard not to spend money in Target.

    Comment by Shelli — February 7, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  2. LOL!!!
    thank you. thank you. thank you.
    i SO needed to read this today 😉

    Comment by Kirsten Michelle — February 7, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  3. Nothing like ALL CAPS.

    Comment by Jena Strong — February 7, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  4. damn target and those long receipts when all I went in for was floss.

    Comment by bella — February 7, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

  5. Target is how I know how much I’ve been changed by parenting, firstly, and, secondly, staying at home parenting. A few years ago I noticed that when my beloved life partner would grant me a few hours of leave on a weekend, I’d go to Target and buy socks or cloth baby wipes, and feel thoroughly rejuvenated. More recently (two years into my current state of being the at home parent), I have the mental map of where everything (from school supplies through groceries, books, sporting equipment, and onto rubberized mattress covers and big boy undies) is in Target more so than my beloved life partner does.


    Comment by Chris Austin-Lane — February 7, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  6. It’s all perspective, lol. They make candy-colored flossing sticks? I obviously haven’t uncovered all Target’s secrets yet.

    Comment by Shannon — February 7, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  7. Friends and flossers: I forgot to post the link to the product. They really are easier for little hands, and big hands too.


    Comment by Karen — February 7, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  8. This is brilliant. Thank you for showing me the way. 🙂

    Target extorts uber-sums from me too.

    Comment by kathryn — February 7, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  9. ah, and i am in the midst of a huge eco-dilemma with those goddamn flossers. what a waste. . .
    oh, but have you tried to floss a child’s teeth with regular floss and your giant fingers????
    what’s a earth mama to do?

    Comment by Holly Lash — February 8, 2008 @ 1:43 am

  10. Target must pump in some rejeuvenating kind of “Rescue Remedy” spray the way Mrs. Fields pumps out cookie smells. I know hundreds of women who consider it the same kind of blissed-out refuge. I never thought this about K-Mart. Never.

    Comment by spielbee — February 8, 2008 @ 4:17 am

  11. How PERFECT is Georgia?! LOVE that girl!

    AND…just so you know…I was mildly cursing you last night for infecting me with your particular brand of flossing devotion. I was SOOOO tired and I just wanted to drag the toothbrush around my mouth and jump in bed, but NOOO, the floss yelled at me from it’s pretty little dish on the counter and I COULD NOT leave the bathroom without flossing!!! Ah well, at least I had happy teeth when I went to bed. Thank you!

    Comment by Kapuananiokalaniakea — February 9, 2008 @ 3:31 am

  12. I can’t seem to get out of Target without spending at least $100. That store sucks the money right out of my wallet.

    Comment by Mary P Jones (MPJ) — February 10, 2008 @ 5:29 am

  13. hey. i’m impressed she FLOSSES period!

    i wish my mother had gotten me floss sticks.

    Comment by Stella — February 22, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

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