The Cure for Nail-Biting

Ever since I can remember, I bit my nails. My parents fussed at me and tried various rewards to keep me from putting my hands in my mouth and biting my nails. I remember once my mother purchased something called Thum. It was a liquid that she put on my hands that was distasteful and burned. It may have kept my hands out of my mouth for a while, but it got into my eyes which caused me more pain in my eyes than it did in my mouth. At times, my nails were so in-the-quick that they bled. In church, I would put my arms up on the back of the pew and curve my fingers inward hoping to prevent anyone from seeing my nails. When I got married, I worked hard to keep my hands out of my mouth in order to have a wedding picture of my hands with my bride’s. Right after the ceremony, my hands were once again in my mouth. Finally, I have come up with the prevention. In fact, I just asked Dimitris to trim my nails as they were getting too long. The cure was dentures. There is no way to bite one’s nails with dentures. If only my parents had known that all they had to do was pull my teeth and provide me with dentures (smile).


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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