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.