Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Tooth Fairy - Why Am I doing this again?

Captain E lost a tooth yesterday.  I hadn't heard a word about it until the moment he brought it upstairs.  He'd been sitting at the table procrastinating doing some math work...that's a pretty common occurrence and all the sudden I guess he realized he had a loose tooth.  So rather than finish the four problems he had so that his time could be his own the child started wiggling that thing.  Then he brought it to me to show it off.  At dinner time he asked where his tooth was.  I asked him where he left it.  Turned out it was in a plastic bag on the dinner table that I had thrown away.  So I had to go dig through the trash to find that treasure again.  Then this afternoon he realized he'd forgotten to put it under his pillow and I'd forgotten to give him a dollar.  So we engaged in a discrete little transaction of money for tooth necessitated by his sisters all being in the room.  Although why that was necessary is beyond me because Gigi doesn't even bother putting her teeth under her pillow anymore either.  She just brings them to me and demands her dollar.  It made me start to wonder..."Why am I doing this?"  Why is any parent in the world paying their children for teeth?  I mean seriously.  Those little baby teeth creep me out.  I blame the fact that even to this day I have nightmares about losing all my teeth.  I once read a dream book that said that means you feel like your life is out of control...well if that is true I guess I've felt like that my entire life.  If it was up to me I'd throw them all away and some have made it into the garbage but Dr. J likes those little teeth.  He has a few hidden away in his jewelry box...which holds a watch and an alpha omega pendant...and baby teeth.  Is that even a jewelry box.  Maybe I should just call it a creepy memento box.  Why the baby teeth?  I went and read on Wikipedia about the Tooth Fairy today.  It really gave me no greater insight into why we pay our children to give us little bloody bits of themselves.  Maybe we just don't want them hording them in their rooms.  Stepping on a Lego in the dark is bad enough, can you imagine stepping on the underside of a tooth?  Ouch!  Maybe we just collectively like magic.  I don't know, all I know is that because this tooth fairy sucks my kids now just bring me teeth and expect money, and I give it to them for honestly no good reason.


  1. Ahaha!!! You and I are twins in this department! I also dream about losing my teeth! And I also am one of the world's worst tooth fairies!

  2. Losing my teeth is one of my biggest (silly) fears although I don't think I dream about it. I think about it when I'm awake which is..kind of worse.

    I love this:

    but Dr. J likes those little teeth. He has a few hidden away in his jewelry box...which holds a watch and an alpha omega pendant...and baby teeth. Is that even a jewelry box. Maybe I should just call it a creepy memento box.

  3. I think Gigi finally realized who the Tooth Fairy is. Haha! Kidding aside, I think if you find it unnecessary to give your children money for their tooth now, then you should stop doing so. The Tooth Fairy is part of the magical things that make up our childhood. Once they find out about the reality of things, it doesn’t really make sense to continue. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter, Glenda. Good day!

    Rudy Spencer @ LBDP

  4. Hilarious! Well, since they’re growing up, you’ll likely have to stop following the “tradition” real soon, and I’m pretty sure they’ll understand. The mere fact that their baby teeth are now gradually falling out means that sooner or later they’ll no longer your “babies.” Just make sure to be there when they report another loose one, then decide with them whether they’ll be fine to let the tooth fall out or have it “helped” out.

    Alessandra Landers @ My Maryville Dentist

  5. Your kid seems to know the score now, thanks to Gigi. At least he's reacting to it with a bit of fascination, instead of fear and panic. The sight of broken teeth can really freak some people out. The fact that he's just carrying it around means that he's been facing the situation and treating it for what it is. I'm sure he'll be comfortable with the dentist now.

    Benny Murray @ Dental Care of South Jersey

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