I never forced Dave to lick the metal bar inside our family freezer, but I offered him a dollar if he did. The fool! The icy hinge stuck to his tongue like super glue; when he pulled back his head and ripped himself free, tiny taste buds remained intact on the door, visibly wiggling from side to side. After that, Dave applied Orajel to his wounded mouth four times daily, hiding the numbing ointment out of reach from others in his bedroom. I gave his selfish behavior very little thought until I fell while skateboarding and knocked out my two teeth.
By Sterling Warner