Today my daughter Catherine gets her wisdom teeth removed. I had mine removed when I was 20 and my wife had hers removed before then. I think most people get his or her wisdom teeth removed. Here is where my confusion sets in though: Of all the teeth to remove, why remove the 'wise' ones? If these teeth are the teeth that give us wisdom, why do we take them out? Why not remove some of the foolish teeth? We have several sets of molars so maybe we should remove one row of those. Even the name 'molar' suggests that it should be removed. Removes some molars then and let those wisdom teeth come on in! I mean hey, are we crippling ourselves as a race by removing those dental fixtures that are credited as being 'wise'? I mean, really?
Anyway, my daughter is a little bit jittery about the IV sedation and all that has to be done in her mouth today, and I don't blame her. I try to reassure her that it will be fine, but she doesn't do well with all of the needle talk. Hey, I don't either.
Life is tough though and sometimes to cultivate a little wisdom in life we must go through a little pain. Maybe that's what the story of wisdom teeth is about. We gain wisdom when we ride out and learn from the painful moments in life. I don't know. But I pray today that my daughter does well in her oral surgery.