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ally the only one that did matter. But I knew that boys were dangerous. They’d say they loved you, but they were always after something.
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Lori told me I had an exaggerated view of how bad my teeth looked. „They’re just a little bucked,“ she’d say. „They have a certain Pippi Long-stockingish charm.“ Mom told me my overbite gave my face character. Brian said they’d come in handy if I ever needed to eat a nike air max cheap nike air max 90/2013 shoes australia online store n apple through the knothole in a fence.
What I needed, I knew, was braces. Every time I looked in the mirror, I longed for what the other kids called a barbed-wire mouth. Mom and Dad had no money for braces, of course梟one of us kids had ever even been to the dentist梑ut since I’d been babysitting and doing other kids’ homework for cash cheap nike air max , I resolved to save up until I could afford braces myself. I had no idea how much they cost, so I approached the only girl in my class who wore braces and, after complimenting her orthodontia, casually asked how much it had set her folks back. When she said twelve hundred dollars, I nike air max 90 sale almost fell over. I was getting a dollar an hour to babysit. I usually worked five or six hours a week, which meant that if I saved every penny I earned, it would take about four years to raise the money.
I decided to make my own braces.
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