Sleep/teeth? What a prompt this week! Then, it hit me, THE Tooth Fairy! Who thought this strange fairy tale up?
Hey Kids, take your smelly, bloody tooth, put it under your clean white pillow and POOF... Money in the Morning! ( Of course, I soaked that little square bit of enamel in a shot glass with rubbing alcohol first THEN made the kids put it into a tiny baggy!)
When my first son, lost his first tooth, it was more exciting for me then it was for him! I lovingly explained to him that the tooth fairy will come in the night and leave him a surprise under his pillow. He was amazed and to my amazement, he was also a little scared! She is coming in my room? what will she do? what does she look like? ( Some how, the santa fable was easier for him to digest, I guess because the Christmas Tree wasn't in his bedroom) I remember waiting up till I knew he was sound asleep, happily putting money (the amount in next paragraph!) under his pillow .( I slipped it in a New baggy, so he didn't have dirty money under his clean little boy head!) His excitement in the morning was so adorable! As the years went by and my Third son started losing teeth... Things changed a little. Many nights my husband and I, totally exhausted would forget to slip the bag under his slumbering little head. We usually would remember either in the middle of the night or in the morning before he woke. Once, when we totally forgot and this adorable, sleepy, disappointed child ran to our bed and said "She didn't come!" Quick thinking Dad, said, "OH, didn't it rain last night? The tooth fairy can't fly in the rain, she can't get her wings wet. Leave it there tonight and I bet she will visit". ( Great Save DAd! ) This saved us for the next few teeth we slept through! Our little guy would always casually say- "yeah, it must have rained last night Mom, She will come tonight"
Now, I don't claim to be an authority on parenting, fables or money, BUT New parents out there, Listen up!
When you have your first baby and your so excited about Each new event in their lives, you tend to get over zealous! Remember, what you do for the first tooth... you will be expected to do for the second, third, fourth.....( how many teeth do we have?) AND THEN! Big brother will tell younger brother who will tell Youngest brother... "Ooooh, You're so lucky you've lost a tooth, the tooth fairy gives you FIVE dollars!" Yeah! I was that stupid! I set a precedent that has cost me quite a lot of fives and also made my money loving, smart ass kids believe in the tooth fairy much longer than the average toothless kid.
Many secondary teeth years later, They have all asked me ( with a wrinkled up nose) 'Mom, What did you do with all of our teeth?' I brought them in my room, opened a little draw, where I have many little labeled baggies with dates and names and jagged little teeth. (Hey, Maybe if I put them ALL under my pillow, I can finally win the lottery. :)
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