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The Tooth Fairy and other magic

May 30, 2017

This past weekend, a tooth came out.

The first of 60.

This did not happen to Theresa the easy or traditional way.  Having found a balloon ribbon on the sidewalk in front of her aftercare program, she brought it into the car with her despite my attempt to convince her that it was trash (this is the child whose backpack is full of “treasures” like acorn caps, beads, leaves, pebbles, and other found objects).

A block from our house, I heard whimpering from the backseat.  Audrey announced that Theresa’s mouth was bleeding.  Apparently she slid the ribbon between her two front bottom teeth; a knot in it, or it getting wrapped around a tooth, pulled the tooth almost out of its socket.  It must have been slightly loose to begin with, but it was really loose afterward.

It came out the following day.  Alan had them out to lunch at Panera; thankfully it was not lost within the bagel she bit into, and survived the journey home to be placed carefully under her pillow in great hopes of money to replace it (Audrey wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy on her behalf asking for $10. With so many teeth to go through, that Tooth Fairy would need a hefty bank account).

Looking at that tiny tooth in a ziplock bag gave me pause.  That tooth bud grew when she was in utero, and she was probably 8 months old when it broke through her bottom gum.  That tooth has a lot of history in her babyhood and toddlerhood, and now the losing of it marks a transition into kidhood–losing the “little” part of little kid.

And the Tooth Fairy came that night, leaving $1 with a note for Theresa plus a note for Audrey and Jamie each to find under their pillows, promising that their teeth would come out on their own when they were ready.

Announcement that morning from Audrey:

Mommy!  Theresa got a dollar under her pillow!  And I got NOTHING.

But then I heard murmurs from their bedroom as I got breakfast ready, and then the girls called down to Jamie:  “The Tooth Fairy left something under your pillow!  Come look!”

I went to see, since he had already gotten his note and I wondered what else the Tooth Fairy could possibly have left.  The girls pulled up his pillow and gleefully presented him with a quarter.  I asked them skeptically if the “Tooth Fairy” had left it for him.  They stared at me with wide, innocent eyes.  “Yes!” they lied.

My heart melted.

It melted more when Audrey claimed to have seen the Tooth Fairy.  “She had curly hair like Mommy, and sparkly shoes like ballet shoes, and a dress and golden wings.”

It melted further when Theresa drew this thank-you note for the Tooth Fairy:

The best magic is imagination mixed with kindness.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rayaless permalink
    June 15, 2017 6:18 pm

    What a beautiful recount Michelle! I’m definitely sharing this post with Adam. Loved, loved, loved your final line – “The best magic is imagination mixed with kindness,” …. So true 🙂 , but I would not have thought to pen it as such. Thank you!

  2. Mary Jane Mulholland permalink
    May 31, 2017 12:52 pm

    Such a sweet story in all its particulars 💚

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