What lesson my tooth taught me really bit into me.I recall the rhyme line 'My teacher taught me when I went to school'... and have to amend it to say "My tooth taught me what I will never forget"..
Proverbs , sayings, idioms and phrases are worthy and useful quotes to us for our daily life as they are available as 'knowledge concentrate' in a ready to use capsule. They are like bare acts of law. Though we can grasp the crux of the matter prima facie, the extent and expanse is brought out by the stories given in explanation to them. At the end of the story the moral behind it becomes very clear. That becomes guidance knowledge for future.
Here I am going to narrate a real –life story-which is actually an incident happened to me. The incident has given me a practical lesson in demonstrating the truth of not one but two popular quotes; viz."A stitch in time saves nine' and 'Procrastination is the thief of time".
It was about fifteen years ago. One day after dinner, I felt that the coconut grating in the dish was sticking in between my teeth. I worked with my tongue and it came out after some effort. Same exercise continued after every meal- the material sticking varied like 'udid dal 'piece, fibre of vegetables etc. I found that gradually a cavity has taken shape in my lower molar. Then I started using tooth pick to clear the food stuck into it. One day I started getting toothache. I just used home remedies. My wife was telling me to go to a dentist and get it rectified.. But the month was March. It was very crucial month at my office. So I kept postponing. I used to get relief from pain by OTC pain relieving tablets, using clove oil, gargling with salt water etc.
Things became worse; my tooth got infected deeply and my whole lower jaw on that side froze and became senseless.
I had to go outstation on an urgent matter. There I met a doctor and he just gave some preliminary medicines and told me to meet a dentist and cautioned me I may need a surgery also. I really got panicky. Once the urgent matter was over, I took leave and visited a dentist. He strongly scolded and chided me in taking things to such an extent. He started treatment. One tooth on that side had to be removed (only after infection was controlled). Two teeth had to be done root canal. Then a replacement was made with ceramic.
The whole cost me in many thousands by money, few days' leave and trauma. The freezing sensation slowly started leaving and it took another month to become normal.
Had I heard my wife's advice and visited a dentist at the start itself, I would have saved my teeth, lot of money, time and trauma. I thus learned in a costly way the essence conveyed by "A stitch in time saves nine' and 'Procrastination is the thief of time' .
(This an entry for Short story writing contest on Idioms and phrases)