Kenzie lost yet another tooth last night and was so excited to get some money from the Tooth Fairy. She put the tooth in a plastic baggie and left it under her pillow.
Last night was kind of one of those crazy nights where there's so much to do and so little time. I had to go to Kenzie's parent/teacher orientation night, which of course is right in the middle of the evening, from 6:30 to 7:30. So by the time I get home from work at 5:45 pm, I barely have time to make supper, let alone eat and clean up everything before I head out the door. Needless to say, once I get home I am trying to finish up some stuff that I started before I left.
Anyway, the whole point of the story is that the Tooth Fairy forgot to come visit and I felt HORRIBLE the next day!!
I got up as usual and took a shower before the kids were up. As I am getting dressed, Kenzie walks in and scares the doo-doo out of me. She came in, holding her precious tooth, with the saddest, puppy-dog looking face.
"Mom, is the tooth fairy real?"
All of a sudden a rush of guilt comes over me and I realize that darn old Tooth Fairy failed to make an appearance in the Bracken household last night.
Oh no!! What do I do? Think! Think!
Do I break down and tell her theres no such thing as the Tooth Fairy and break her precious heart?
So I simply say,"Why what's wrong honey?" Yeah, like I don't already know!
She holds up the tooth.
"The Tooth Fairy never came last night!" she claims.
"What?" I said. "Are you sure?"
"Yes Mom. My tooth is still here and he didn't leave me any money."
Fiddlesticks!! I'm such a bad mom!
Somehow, I change the subject and convince her to go get dressed and continue to get ready for school. Since Danny is off on most Fridays, he was home and heard what was going on.
Unwilling to let her know the truth about the Tooth Fairy, he devises a plan.
He asks me for $1 (hey, we're in a recession people! $1 is plenty for a stinkin' tooth, OK. Beats the 50 cents I used to get.)
He folds the dollar up in his hand and heads into her room, where she is still pondering what is up with the Tooth Fairy. He casually asks her if the Tooth Fairy came and she sadly informs him that he did not.
He starts looking around her pillow and blankets and stuff and low and behold...there it is! There is the $1.00 from the Tooth Fairy!
He informs her that the Tooth Fairy must have just forgotten to take the tooth with her after she left the money.
But, you know what.
She bought it!
Whew!! I can relax now. I did not ruin my child's dream that the Tooth Fairy really exists. We are good to go, at least until she looses her next tooth.