What's funny about the gumminess of it all is that I was 33 before I really realized it or cared.
I've thought different things about my smile over the years. When I was heavy I thought my smile was too small for my face. Once I lost the weight I realized there was just too much face for my smile :)
There have been different pics over time where I thought my upper lip was a bit turtle-esque and I didn't care for it much. Never did I think, "Hey, my gums show and that's not normal."
While at my brother's wedding I started noticing my family all shares in my gum heavy grin. No wonder it never occurred to me, it's hereditary.
I LOVE my sister's take on it. She smiled big and said, "Of course we have gummy smiles, we don't have horse teeth."
I've done some research and there are those gum haters out there who think this is a big deal. There's surgery to correct it. I found a picture of a beautiful model who has a gummy smile and there were actually comments saying, "she would be HOT if it weren't for all those gums." Really?! We're in good company however. Jennifer Garner has a gummy smile (although she's plumped up the lip a bit to hide it).
Well, lucky for me "society" doesn't get to determine my value. Psalm 139:13&14 says:
13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Our God made me gummy smile and all, if it's "wonderful" to Him then it's wonderful to me.