Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Tooth Fairy

First a disclaimer. We don't teach our children that Santa and the Easter Bunny are real. But when they would lose a tooth, I'd tell them to put it under their pillow because You Never Know what might happen. And if I remembered, I'd slip the tooth out and a quarter in before they woke up.

So, Valentines Day, 2005. My first idea was to have pretty valentines on all the plates at breakfast. Got up too late for that, so maybe supper. Too busy all day, so ok, on their pillows at bedtime.

I sneaked into each bedroom and placed the card and a Hershey Kiss on each pillow. All went well until I went in the girls' room and there's Emily studying. "Don't look," I said, and laid the card and kiss on her pillow.

"That reminds me of the time I had my illusions shattered about the tooth fairy," she said. "You came hurrying into my room first thing in the morning and I was already awake, and you said, 'Pretend you're asleep' and then you put this money under my pillow."

She sighed and went on sadly. "Before that, I used to have these visions of a silvery boat floating in the window and it had maybe five people on it with bags of money, and I pictured them drifting over to my bed and carefully taking out the tooth and replacing it with some money."

She talked dreamily on but I was stuck on that silvery boat. Why on earth...?

I interrupted her. "Emily, why did you imagine a BOAT?"

"You know, the TOOTH FERRY."


Emily is 14 years old and I think she has given my mind a twist every day of her life.

Quote of the Day:
"It should be this much work to eat chocolate."
--Amy, age 16, after peeling and eating a grapefruit


  1. I love it!! Never thought about the "tooth fairy" in that light!!LOL!!


  2. I can tell already that I'm going to like this blog.

  3. I love that quote! Welcome to the blogosphere! Come visit!

  4. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, it is right addicting. We have a common friend in VA named Marie. Come on over to my blog, I write for the gospel of Christ and would like your comments. Enjoyed your story. Reminded of the time my youngest daughter decided that she would believe in Santa. We said she could, but we wouldn't help her with it. Can't remember just how it ended, I think she just gave it up. I will be back. Truthseeker

  5. Yes welcome! I think this blogging thing can be a wonderful way for us to express ourselves and meet new friends and believers.

  6. Oh I am so proud, and hello it's nice to meet you. I am proud because I was just asking myself the other day if I would ever start a blog, and if I would do it in pink, if indeed anyone would show up. Love the color scheme. ;) And yes, the wonderful world of blog is in dire need of a woman as yourself. A touch of femininity is desperately in order.

    HA! The only thing the tooth fairy ever brought me was a dime. I tried for more than that, but never succeeded. It's a good thing though, because I would have probably thought it a good and easy way to make some money and thus would have tied a string to my tooth and then the door handle.........a good tooth fairy would have gone broke with a kid like me! She'd have gone broke, and I would remain toothless to this day.