One day back in 1977, my brother John lost his dentures as he dove off the family dock into Crystal Lake, near Kinmount, Ont. Not so funny at the time, especially for John!
Fast forward to the summer of 1983: As my son Larry came to the surface while scuba diving at the lake, he said to me, “Mom, quick, put out your hand.”
A little worried about what he had found, I reluctantly held out my hand and was really surprised to see what he placed in it.
Ever since John had lost his dentures, there had been a running joke in our family that someone was bound to catch a fish with a mouth full of teeth. Well, thanks to Larry’s incredible find, that wasn’t going to happen…or was it?
After everyone had a look and a chuckle at the newly found dentures (except John, of course), I decided to make the running joke a reality. I bought an ornamental fish made of rattan, placed the dentures in its mouth and added a trophy ribbon, proclaiming “First Prize, Crystal Lake, 1983.” We surprised John with the “gift” on his birthday later that year and much laughter ensued!