Guest blogger Blythe Newsome: My baby lost his first tooth last night. In the chaos and excitement, I put the little tooth in a Baggie and set it down on the counter so later that night we could put it under his pillow. Unfortunately, while in a rush to clean the kitchen, I forgot that the Baggie held something precious and promptly threw it
Have you ever tried to explain to a 5-year-old that you accidentally threw
his tooth in the trash? I love Finn to death, but my days of digging in the
outside garbage can for teeth, retainers, pacifiers -- or any other item aside from my keys or cell phone -- are over.
After a lot of convincing, I told him that
we could write a note to the Tooth Fairy
and she would still come. He looked at
me a little skeptically, but I assured him she would still come.
With his letter tucked under his arm, I took his little hand in mine and we
Inside, I was savoring the mommy-moment of a crisis avoided.
Little did I know that, at the top of the stairs, I would come face-to-face with the
mutiny of "The Tooth Fairy
Did Me Wrong" gang -- a.k.a., my other kids. All at once, the disgruntled voices started shouting. Looking at their angry
faces, I thought that the only things missing from this mob were protest signs with
baby teeth drawn all over them.
Can someone please tell me why, at 9 on a
Sunday night, my children suddenly decided to revolt against the Tooth
"One time I had to wait five days
before the Tooth Fairy
came to see
me," said one of the girls.
"That's nothing!" shouted the other. "She didn't come for twenty days to get
mine. And how come Daly got $3 for his tooth, and I only got two quarters? What -- does she like boys better than girls?!"
I suggested that maybe the Tooth Fairy
had been a few days late because a whole bunch of kids lost their teeth at the same time. I also tried to explain that, due to inflation, the price of a tooth has gone up. My
oldest (she's in her second year of high school) was quick to point out that since we
are in a recession, the price paid for a tooth should have gone down
As captain of this ship, I decided to put an end to the mutiny. "Can we please
lay off the Tooth Fairy
?" I begged. "She is doing the best she can!" The mob broke up and
went to their rooms. They each share a room, so as they walked off with their
roommate, I could still hear the grumblings. Finn looked totally bewildered. "Is
she going to come see me?" he asked. "Am I going to get a dollar?" After lots more promises
and reassurances, all was quiet again. I went downstairs and found myself still thinking about the Tooth Fairy
heart really goes out to her. When you think about it, she has a really tough
job, and I don't think anyone appreciates it.
Think about it: That poor girl does all the work alone. Her friend Santa
Claus has Mrs. Claus to feed him and help him pack for his long journey. I am
sure Mrs. Claus makes sure that Santa gets his rest the night before, and as he finishes
visiting all the good boys and girls all over the world on Christmas
Eve, I am
sure she is waiting at the door for him when he gets home. What a
comfort for him, as he heads down the final stretch of dropping off gifts, to know
that she is waiting for him with a nice meal and warm cup of cocoa. And in all the pictures I've seen of the Easter Bunny
, there is Mrs. Bunny hopping down
the trail with him. I bet she even carries a basket of eggs to help lighten his
load. And not only that, but for both of these guys, it is a once-a-year trip.
But the Tooth Fairy
, who does she have? Have you ever seen or heard of a Mr.
? Poor woman flies around all year and doesn't have anyone waiting for her or helping her (that we know of). The woman never has a day off; kids lose teeth every day of the year.
We leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus
, and we leave carrots out for the
. But what snack do we ever leave for the Tooth Fairy
When is the last time you left something out for her? The more I think about it, the more I think that the next time someone in my house loses a tooth, I might leave a
glass of wine out for her.
Sometimes when she comes to our house, she leaves a trail of glitter. At first, I
thought it was so sweet and magical. Now I think I understand why she leaves
the glitter: That poor girl is so busy flying all over the world, gathering
lost teeth and leaving money, she probably has no time for herself. She is not
leaving a trail of glitter. Her once-pretty fairy dress is probably just torn, and as
she flies around, bits of it fall apart in the form of glitter.
That girl just
needs a little TLC and someone to remind her to take some time and do something
nice for herself.
So yes, kids, maybe at times the Tooth Fairy
is a little late in picking up those
precious baby teeth -- not because she doesn't love you or care about you, but because at times she is a bit frazzled and a little overwhelmed. I would bet
anything though, that if you asked her, she would tell you she wouldn't trade her job
But maybe every once in a while, you could leave her a little
something nice just to say thanks.