We didn’t even know she had a loose tooth.
Not a word about it.
Had it been her older sister, we’d have been talking of nothing else for days, but no, that’s not the way it works. She’d said nothing until dinner last night, when I asked about her day.
“I lost my tooth!” she said.
Her tongue probed the empty space where the molar had been.
“Oh my gosh, baby, you did?”
I looked at Luau, who shrugged in confirmation.
She told me. After the fact, but she told me. I mean, holy hell, she TOLD me, But how did I not know that my kid’s MOLAR was loose?
“And I will put it under my pillow because the Tooth Fairy will come and turn it into a prize!” she said.
Luau and I glanced at each other, panicked. We didn’t know the tooth was loose. We didn’t have a ‘prize’ to offer. I looked around the kitchen, searching for inspiration. I thought of the Halloween stickers that I’d almost bought for her on a whim earlier in the day. Damn it.
We tried to explain that perhaps the tooth fairy would bring money for her so that she could buy a prize for herself. She wasn’t having it. Money doesn’t mean anything to her. The Tooth Fairy wouldn’t bring something that had no meaning for her.
Katie jumped in to say that she had spoken with the Tooth Fairy and she’d said that she was all out of toys. She still wasn’t having it. Somehow, some way, she was convinced that the Tooth Fairy would come through. And why wouldn’t she? She’s magical, after all.
The Tooth Fairy. My kid believes in the Tooth Fairy. She gets the idea that she puts her tooth beneath her pillow and something magical happens. The kid who didn’t seem to get Christmas, who couldn’t tell me what she wanted for her birthday, THAT kid believes that the Tooth Fairy is going to come and get her tooth and leave her something in its place.
The Tooth Fairy was not going to let her down.
I whispered to Luau, “I have something.”
I drew up a note and waited until Brooke was asleep to slide it under her pillow.
Your present is on the dresser in front of the fish tank. I hope you like it!
The Tooth Fairy
A couple of months ago, a reader spotted this on a local exchange site. She sent me the seller’s information; I contacted him, and he agreed to ship it to me. I bought it two minutes later. Ever since its arrival, it’s been tucked away on a shelf waiting patiently for Christmas.
As I type, it sits on Brooke’s dresser. Bathed in the glow of her fish tank, it looks kinda magical. Which, I suppose, is exactly what it is.
It came from the Tooth Fairy after all.
Ed note: Thank you SO much to the reader who made this possible. The Tooth Fairy is very, very grateful for the assist.
Ed other note: If you google images of the Tooth Fairy to use in a post, some seriously disturbing things pop up. Like, say this for instance, which I will never be able to unsee …
Yes, I really did share that with you.