Saturday, March 24, 2007

More Tooth Fairy Trouble

I laughed out loud when I read this over at Mom to the Screaming Masses. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who is a rotten tooth fairy!

It was a particularly timely post for me since this very same I day I made my second--and probably not last--tooth fairy blunder. You may recall Lindsey's sobbing disappointment several months ago when the insensitive fairy did not show to collect her front tooth. You would think I would have learned from this and never forgotten again. Well, I didn't.

Five year old Sam has become the next victim of the fairy's ineptitude, but, luckily for me in this regard, Sam is a very different child than Lindsey. Sam did not cry, in fact, he was not even disappointed. He came into our room the morning after the no-show and matter-of-factly reasoned it out.

Sam figured it was his fault the tooth fairy didn't arrive since he had come into our bed in the middle of the night and did not actually spend the entire night in his bed. Hearing his explanation, I paused for only the briefest moment before agreeing with him. Yep, that must be it: the tooth fairy gets confused when the tooth loser is not in his bed along with his tooth! So, I quickly explained to Sam that he was absolutely right and that she was sure to come if he stayed in his own bed all night (which she did, phew!).

Yes, I am properly shamed by letting my kid take the fall for my forgetfulness, but, hey, I did it for him. You know, to preserve the magic of the fairy. I'm sure it had nothing at all to do with covering my own failure. And I'm sure you believe me.


Anonymous said...

If you have only forgotten twice then I say that is pretty good! The tooth fairy at our house has taken to visiting DURING THE DAY since during the night she just tends to be way too groggy (or something). Ultimately the kids don't really mind when it happens just as long as it does! So, basically our fairy is a 24 hour sort of girl! ANyhow, thanks for your blog, you always brighten my day!

Tina said...

The tooth fairy also got confused at our house one time because our adorable little boy can't leave well enough alone. Rather than place the tooth safely under his pillow so that the fairy can find it easily, he decided to play with it and inadvertantly lost it. Hence, the tooth fairy failed to arrive for two nights. Fortunately, she heard the rumor that the boy had lost a tooth and left a donation understanding the nature of this child and his need to touch everything. It also saved the parents of this child, who had failed to confirm with the tooth fairy that the tooth had come out but subsequently lost (all within the same day). The child was thankfully unphased by this delay. He cut the tooth fairy some slack.