Changing an electric toothbrush

My family knows that I am quite inept at some things.

For example, tell my kids I will be driving them somewhere and they instantly cringe and ask tentatively, “Uh… can Daddy drive us?’ I am notorious for getting lost.

Another area is how I am mechanically inept. God knows this, and this is why he planned for me to marry a mechanical engineer.

Today I was trying to change the head on my electric toothbrush. Before, I had watched Albert try to change the head and he pulled it off the handle very easily.

So I tried to do the same. I tugged and tugged and tugged. Nothing happened. I tried to look at the toothbrush at all angles. I tried to rotate it. Nothing. No hidden switches, no special instructions.

In the end, I took it to Albert and said, “Could you help me with this?” Albert took the toothbrush, gave a yank, and the head came off the handle.

I glared at the toothbrush and said, “Hey!!! How come I couldn’t get it to work!”

Albert looked like he was going to say something and then thought better of it. He gave me a smile and innocent blink and said, “Sweetie, have I told you how beautiful your eyes are?”

Now that I think about it, he never did answer my question….

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

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