Folks who go bump in the night


bad tooth fairy

Lily has her first loose tooth, and she is not happy about it. She was in hysterics last night after biting into the apple which loosened one of her bottom teeth. She carried on for hours.

Of course, to try and make her feel better, I regaled her with stories of the magical tooth fairy. Lily, I whispered softly, when you sleep the night after your tooth falls out, you put it under your pillow and a fairy comes and trades it for money. How cool is that? Her eyes grew large. Her sobbing halted. You mean somebody sneaks into my room at night? When I’m sleeping? And she takes my teeth? The cries intensified. What does she do with them? Is there blood? Does it hurt? I want my teeeeeeeeethhhhh!!! Why is this happening to me?!!!

And so, I told her. I told her everything. I explained that there are no fairies, no sneaking in rooms and no collections of teeth in the sky. Her dad and I would be the ones responsible for placing the gold coin under him pillow and there was nothing to be afraid of.

And, in an instant, the magic was over. And so was her crying.

It’s a good thing we don’t need to carry on the Santa charade in this house– I’m not sure how well the heavy set man with rosacea plummeting down the chimney would sit with her. I’ll just have to hope she doesn’t spill the beans for all of the the less cynical children out there. It’s no fun to be the one to let them in on the truth. Even if they’re asking for it.


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    Shannon says

    Well, when you think about it… a fairy that sneaks into your room to collect your old teeth IS a bit strange…

    And too funny, I’ve drafted a post about spilling the beans on Santa…
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Best. Mom Date. EVER. =-.

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    tracey says

    I love how some kids adore magic and others flip out. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, either…

    My own kids? They love the tooth fairy but often wonder why she is so forgetful…
    .-= tracey´s last blog ..A Day In the City =-.

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    Seattledad says

    Ha! Too funny. Nothing magical about someone stealing your teeth in the middle of the night. Leaving presents, yes, but not someone you might see on America’s most wanted.
    .-= Seattledad´s last blog ..Big Harry Spider =-.

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    Erin says

    Oh that poor little girl! I wrote a post about honesty with your kids and the article said you should tell kids about the tooth fairy so that they aren’t afraid to lose their teeth, and when they figure it out you should tell them that they are obviously old enough to handle to truth now….looks like she is already old enough! haha
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Out of the Mouths of Babes =-.

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    Texan Mama says

    That’s the sound of the heavens parting and angels singing.

    You are SO smart and have figured it out. We have never done Santa or Easter bunny or Tooth Fairy with our kids. We just tell them the truth. And know what? They aren’t scarred, they aren’t maladjusted, and they don’t feel like they’re missing out. As a matter of fact, I think they rather ENJOY knowing a little secret that all their friends don’t know.

    See, you’re SMART mommy not scary.
    .-= Texan Mama´s last blog ..Is the N-Word PC? =-.

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    Nan says

    *sigh*, but I love all the sneaking about… And when you FORGET to make the exchange, you can blame it on the darn tooth fairy. Who you gonna blame now, huh?
    .-= Nan´s last blog ..The Weekend In Brief… =-.

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    MommaSunshine says

    My kids were raised knowing the deal about the tooth fairy, easter bunny and Santa. My ex and I have caught a lot of flack for this decision, but hoenstly, the fact that there has never been any lying or sneaking around just felt better for me.

    And trust me, my kids enjoy Christmas no less than any other. It’s adults who get more excited about these things than the kids. As far as the tooth fairy goes, the kids just want the money. ;-)
    .-= MommaSunshine´s last blog ..A Million Miles Away =-.

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