I found a site that lists all sorts of “national” days, like National Relaxation Day, National Blueberry Day, etc. Most of them are pretty silly, but they can make for some interesting topics. Guess what today is? It’s National Tooth Fairy Day! And have I got a tooth fairy tale to share with you! This happened a couple years ago, but I don’t remember blogging about it before. So here it is:
In our house, the Tooth Fairy leaves $1.00 for each tooth she finds. Nathan is the only one of the kids who has benefited from her visits so far, since the others aren’t old enough yet. Although it won’t be long for Emily, since she’s almost six.
The first time Nathan lost a tooth, it was a very big deal. He went to sleep after we assured him that the Tooth Fairy couldn’t visit until he was in dream land. The “Tooth Fairy” dutifully waited until he was sleeping and then slipped the tooth from under Nathan’s pillow, stashed it in her handy-dandy ziplock bag, and left a dollar bill in its place. Nathan was ecstatic the next morning – the Tooth Fairy had actually come.
She came again for the next tooth.
And then “she” messed up big time for the third tooth. She forgot.
The next morning, we woke up to the sound of wailing. Heart-broken, devastated wailing. It was around 5:30 in the morning and I stumbled out of bed into Nathan’s room. In between sobs, Nathan told me that the Tooth Fairy had not come. “Why didn’t she come, Mommy? She FORGOT!”
Give me Mother-of-the-Year award right then and there, people, because I deserved it.
I think I mumbled something about we’ll figure it out and maybe the Tooth Fairy had a really busy night and would come later. And we went back to bed. That was a futile effort though because I felt so guilty, I didn’t sleep a wink. Really, what mom forgets about the tooth fairy?! I could have scarred my child for life there, people! For life!
Mid-morning, when Nathan was outside playing, the “Tooth Fairy” stopped by and left a dollar plus a ‘note.’ The note explained that she had been really busy the night before and she was very sorry she was late.
When Nathan found the note later, he was thrilled. Not only had the Tooth Fairy not forgotten, but she had left him a personal note too! He carried that note – calling it his “sorry note” – all over for days, telling everyone he saw how the Tooth Fairy had been late, but she left him a note to say sorry.
Whew! Disaster barely averted!
Lesson from that Tooth Fairy tale? Don’t underestimate the power of the Tooth Fairy. Ever.
What’s the funniest Tooth Fairy tale you’ve ever experienced or heard?