Nearly two years ago, in January 2012, an 11 year-old JT got braces on his teeth. Freshly metaled up that morning, he was rather excited about the affair, feeling like braces were a rite of passage. He was at least willing to partake. His first set of bands matched the Baltimore Ravens football team colors.
In the months in between, the band colors regularly changed. And each month, I've made a picture of the boy on the day that we visited his very patient orthodontist. This picture is from last December, when rubber bands were first introduced.
Yesterday, a month earlier than we expected, the braces came off. I made a picture, of course. From the looks of it, a lot has changed in the last two years.
Last night, as he was working his way through the pile of bubble gum and caramel that T and I got him to celebrate, JT said to me, "two years passed so fast." I couldn't have said it better myself.