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Friday, April 6, 2012

734. (Tooth) Fairy Starts With "F"


The Tooth Fairy visited out house eight times in the last two years, each time wielding the powerful hope of a shiny Sacagawea coin. 

Our older son, Tall, is a deep sleeper, and thank goodness because somehow the tooth does not stay put under that pillow.  The very first tooth he lost, The Husband was the one to do the fairy honors but he could not find the tooth.  “What do you mean, you can’t find the tooth?” I hissed at him in the hallway, regretting that I had not gone in there like I originally wanted, “It’s under his pillow.  Just stick your hand under there, grab it, and put the coin under instead.  It’s not a jewelry heist in some Tom Cruise movie.” 
“I did put the coin under,” he said through clenched teeth, “but the tooth must’ve fallen on the floor or something.” 

“Wait—you put the coin under but without removing the tooth?  No, no, no, that’s not how it’s done.”  Had he lost his parenting handbook, and along with it his mind?  How would a five-year-old feel finding a metal coin cozying up to the very tooth it was meant to replace?  What was I supposed to say in the morning when he walked into the kitchen holding both—I guess the Tooth Fairy must’ve dropped it?
“That’s exactly what we can say,” said The Husband, “I’m tired.  I’m going to bed.” 

I mulled over my options.  I could go in and do it myself, but I would risk waking Tall up after all this commotion.  Or, I could stop trying to control and micromanage every aspect of our family’s lives. 
I chose the first option.  I tiptoed into the bedroom Tall and Short share and approached his bed.  The cat was sleeping on the foot of his bed, curled up and purring.  I slid my hand slowly under Tall’s pillow.  Aha!  I felt something!  It was large and round and flat—it was the coin.  I felt around again.  Tall stirred and rolled over. 

There was no tooth under there at all, not anywhere.  After a few more failed attempts, I had to admit defeat. 
The next morning, Tall ran excitedly into the kitchen squealing with joy over the coin.  “Look, Mommy, look!  Look what the Tooth Fairy brought me!  It’s a piece of gold!” 

“That’s great, Sweetie,” I said as I got up from my chair.  “I’ll be right back.  I have to go check on, uh, I’m going to check on your brother.”
Short was already awake.  He was watching the cat bat around some toy under the bed.  Of course it was the tooth.  I snatched it up before Short had a chance to realize what it was. 

All this time my children thought the Tooth Fairy had wings.  Turns out she has a tail and black and white fluffy fur. 

MOV
 

39 comments:

  1. A Fairy Feline...I love that!

    It occurs to me that I am a lazy, lying type of parent. I used to spin all manner of crap to my kids to simplify my life.

    I had the kids create felt envelopes to put their missing tooth in. Basically had them fold a felt square in half, glue the bajesus out of the sides and decorate it with beads and baubles and left over felt. My motives were 2 fold... it parked their butts in a chair so I could rest and the "fairy pouch" kept the tooth safe from escape and easier for me to dig it out and pop the coin into the envelope.

    I am ever ready to teach you how to become lazier and fabricate (f word) all manner of shit (sorry, s word) to tell your kids.

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  2. Love this story! As a parent, I think we've all been faced with the missing tooth conundrum.
    And I think giving up the micromanagement of the family would be regrettable. They subconsciously WANT us to.
    Well played.

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  3. I was a true believer in Santa and the Easter Bunny, but I never could quite believe in the Tooth Fairy for some reason. So the very last tooth I lost, I did it in secret. I put it under my pillow without telling a soul. I'd find out once and for all. And sure enough, the tooth was still there in the morning. I marched out to my mom with tooth in hand, presented it to her and politely asked for my dollar. She complied, and we still both laugh about it :)

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  4. This was a fun read. I thought your second son was going to wake up and catch you... but all ended well ;-)

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  5. Fairy Kitty! I love that! Our "Tooth Fairy" once FORGOT to pick up the tooth and leave the cash one night. The Scouse and I both had a panicked looked when Boy 1 was waking and we realized we'd forgotten! EEEP! Confused and sleepy he came to us asking why the Tooth Fairy had forgotten. I explained that there were probably LOTS of kids losing their teeth right now and she was probably SUPER busy. That very day I typed up a letter and found a graphic of a little fairy to put on the bottom. The letter basically said that the Fairy was terribly sorry she was so late and promised to do better next time. Thankfully, the Boy bought the story and all was well.

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  6. Great story, one year when I was little I found two coins under my pillow, and my mum told me that it was because the tooth fairy "forgot" to give my sister a coin last time she lost her tooth. I refused to believe her, however, and thought I'd gotten two coins because I was older, so I kept it!

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  7. I am so glad you are doing the A-Z challenge on both of your blogs! Double the pleasure for those of us that are reading! :)

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  8. If I forgot to leave something from the tooth fairy, I just told my sons that the window was closed and she could not get inside.

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  9. One time the tooth fairy accidently fell asleep early and didn't quite do her job. Thank goodness I was able to say that she texted Mommy to let her know that we got really behind and was unable to make it.

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  10. I'm in love with this furry tooth fairy. A neighbor has a cat that looks like yours. His name is Rascal. Thanks for this really cute story.

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  11. Wonderful story! And brings back so many memories - my 'Tall' is 42 and 6'8" and my 'Small' is soon to be 40 and a paltry 6'3".
    ha! And thanks for dropping by my spot...

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  12. LOL! I like to be in control too! I am trying to let go but .....NO ONE DOES ANYTHING AS WELL AS ME IN OUR HOME!!!!
    Ok...it looks like I have more work to do on the "letting go" part. ;o)
    Blessings, Joanne

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  13. I remember those days well.The worst thing was forgetting to do it and getting up about 3 in the morning. Why is there not a magical box at the side of their beds to put the tooth in that would be easier. Who started all this money for teeth thing anyway!!!!!

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  14. Mahahahaha brilliant! I can really picture the scene.

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  15. I still have the note written to the fairies saying prove to me that you exist and of course he got an affirmative note back in tiny writing!

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  16. Oh, this is so CUTE! I had to laugh when you chose to micromanage. Love this post!

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  17. This is just the most adorable story! You know, when my daughter was small, I could never trust my husband to carry out the Tooth Fairy's very important task either. ;-)

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  18. And didn't you write the nicest darn comment on my blog today! Thanks for that, Mizz MOV and for your devilish take on Tooth Fairy deliverance. I agree, one must obey all household code of ethics, especially in the domaine of children, coins and missing incisors.

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  19. This was a very funny narrative, I enjoyed reading it.
    To avoid this travesty in the future why not tell your children the tall and short of it, er, I mean tell them that the Tooth Fairy, because of increased business,wants the detached teeth placed in a small dish on the nightstand, and in the morning the coin will be found there.

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    1. oh, I like the way you think, anthony. is this the voice of experience??

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  20. LOL This is a GREAT story. And the Tooth Fairy is quite cute. :) Thanks for the follow and have a terrific weekend.

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  21. Loved the story ... and what a lovely tooth fairy! Thanks for the smile. :)

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  22. what a lovely story, I enjoyed reading it
    do check out my F at GAC a-z

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  23. Eventually maybe you. Too will have the nights when the tooth fairy does not get the word that there is a tooth and she just forgets to come...oops!

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  24. LOL - Very funny. I was always in charge of tooth hunting. My stealthy skills rocked The Hubs out of the water. =D

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  25. Adorable story. I would have done exactly what you did.

    A-Z @ Elizabeth Twist

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  26. Cute!! Oh the Tooth Fairy! We are past those precious days in our house, so it was fun to read yours!!

    Thanks for stopping by Diary of a Square Toothed Girl, it's so much to fun to make new blogging friends!!

    Oh! And I'm a new follower, can't wait for tomorrow's post!

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  27. First of all I want to thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your VERY sweet comment (and following me) I love your post today. My girls are all grown up but, I have a few good tooth fairy stories under my belt...one time the tooth fairy fell asleep and the tooth stayed under the pillow until the NEXT night when the tooth fairy remembered to stay awake long enough! HA! Love your blog and the challenge post today.

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  28. I convinced my youngest to put her teeth on her night stand to help the Tooth Fairy increase her productivity.

    "If it's under your pillow," I told her, "then she has to stop and wiggle under there to find it. Completely slows her down. Do you want to be responsible for some other little kid not getting a visit because the Tooth Fairy had to spend so much time here?"

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  29. Heh heh heh. Oh, kitties. :)

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  30. This was lovely, particularly for the denomination provided as payment for the teeth.

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  31. Loved your little story lol. I share your pain at not being able to find the tooth but at least the cat saved the day!
    Following now and look forward to G

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  32. LOL! Well now, I've had two epic mommy fails where I FORGOT to take the tooth and put down money. I didn't remember til I saw my son's angel face all depressed in the morning cuz the tooth fairy forgot him. oy. Talk about heart sinking. But I managed to save both times by slipping an envelope outside with money and a little note saying TF was so busy she had to leave it at the door. WHew! Worked both times. :)

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  33. This was a scenario I remember well. I'm glad your cat saved the day.
    My youngest brother knocked four teeth out so he could make serious money from the tooth fairy (he got years of corrective dentistry too.) I learned to put shiny, low value coins under my children's pillow. I told them money works differently in the magical kingdom ;)

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  34. Much laughter of recognition going on here! We were rescued from this scenario when someone bought my daughter a tooth fairy trinket pot- in which the tooth is placed with much ceremony, and magically (and easily) exchanged for a small coin :-)

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  35. Love the wit & willing to combust along with you!! Now following check my newbie blog jaysactivity@blogspot.com under Janice's Footsteps. Happy Easter

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  36. Welcome to all my new a to z followers! Thank you to all who took the time to read my blog and/ or leave comments. It means a lot to me. :)

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