8 Sep
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Story of the Missing Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy reward for a baby tooth

It was bound to happen.

The Tooth Fairy failed to appear last week. I’ve lost track of the number of times the Tooth Fairy has visited our home, but apparently, even she was worn out from the first week of school and the early mornings that came with it.

Thankfully, if we were going to fail as parents, we chose the correct child. Our third son is a laid-back, happy-go-lucky, joyful person. C woke up to find our ceramic lost tooth holder still holding the tooth with no money in sight. There were no tears and no whining. My husband ran a quick diversion — snuck into the younger boys’ bedroom and hid a shiny, gold coin under C’s pillow in an attempt to save us.

We sent him on a hunt in his room to double check, and he found the hidden coin. Shiny, gold coins solve a myriad of problems. Theories were tossed around for why the tooth was still in the holder and why the Tooth Fairy had decided to hide the coin under a pillow.

  • She was simply trying to liven things up.
  • She has been to our house loads of times and is set to make several more appearances, memory willing, in the years to come.
  • Maybe she knew I was sad she gets to keep all of the teeth and leaves me with nothing.
  • Fairies are just plain weird.

Our 11-year-old just stared at me over the kitchen island while he quietly listened to his siblings toss around ideas. When the three littles left the kitchen to brush teeth, the tween jumped at the chance to share his thoughts. “That’s the best you could do?” This sixth-grader of ours has never really questioned the existence of any of the fictional entities who choose to bring gifts to children’s homes. Obviously, we’re not fooling everyone. I answered, “Maybe the Tooth Fairy, like parents, has a lot of things she’s expected to do every single day. There are a lot of kids, which means a lot of lost teeth. I bet she’s exhausted and exhausted people forget things sometimes.” He replied with the best possible response, “He’s not sad, so it’s fine.”

I almost cried with relief that someone was validating what I had witnessed. C was fine with the Tooth Fairy failing, even though I was piling on the mommy guilt. I managed to handle it all without crying which is a huge step for this mama. It seemed funny. The conversation was over and everyone had moved on. Case closed. Until dinner when we were all sitting together and the epic failure had to be revisited.

The younger boys started discussing theories again. I was squirming in my seat mentally preparing for the question I was surprised we hadn’t heard, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?” I attempted several diversionary tactics like, “Who wants dessert?” Nothing helped. We were going to sit through this conversation until the boys were satisfied with the ending. Finally J hit on the explanation. As soon as he said it, everyone knew that must be what happened, even the all-knowing tween was impressed.

Answer: If Santa Claus won’t bring presents if someone is out of their bed, then the Tooth Fairy must also follow the same rules. She must’ve heard someone walking around and couldn’t finish the job.

Next time everyone will have to wait until morning to use the bathroom.

There was no crisis to avert. No crumbling, disillusioned child. We were left with a story to tell for years to come, and I’m sure the Tooth Fairy has learned a valuable lesson.


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  • love the tooth box. so much better than figuring out how to sneak under a sleeping person. I love your kids. That tween is so wise. Gets it from his mama.

    • Having a special spot for teeth is much easier for the Tooth Fairy 🙂