You'll Shoot Your Eye Out By Ann Haywood Leal
The cautionary tales ...
If you look cross-eyed at someone, your eyes will stay that way.
If you take out your retainer, your teeth will go back the way they were ...PRE-braces! (Immediately, I was running my tongue along my front teeth, checking frantically for the old fang-type protrusions.)
And don't forget all of the forbidden don't-you-try-it types of scariness:
No boys allowed.
No girls allowed.
No food or drink.
But at some point, as writers, we made ourselves move past all of that. We developed this blindness for the rules with an unexplainable urge to break them. We had to try things--difficult new things.
We have to take chances, because otherwise there would be no characters and no new stories.
So go ahead .... run with scissors! Chew that big glob of sticky bubble gum with your braces! Just try to tell us no.