Looks really nice, he says. Is this the first time my son has acknowledged the opposite sex? Weird. As we watched Rise Of The Guardians that night he mentioned his wiggly tooth and the tooth fairy’s appearance only about 5 more times.
Tucking him into bed, he asks what I think the mysterious tooth fairy looks like. I begin to give my best parental explanation, however, I am cut off by my volcano mouth child…
Does my kid have his first little infatuation with a girl? I guess I should be content that this girl is not real?
Fast forward approximately one week and that wiggly front tooth is gone. He lost the first of his two front teeth a decent amount of time before this 2nd one, the first front tooth missing made me feel nostalgic – I may have gotten a little misty. That being said, when this second one came out I jumped for joy. My child looked all kinds of crazy with that front tooth dangling and a giant gap off to the side.
Okay, the tooth is gone. Evening arrives and he tells me he wants to write the tooth fairy a note. He sits down at his desk.
This is how the note read:
Dear Tooth Fairy,
You look really nice in Rise of the Guardians. Have you collected a lot of teeth tonight? Please write back on the back of this paper and draw a picture of you.
Fast forward to 4:30AM the following morning, my groggy half-asleep brain starts alerting me – Psst…You forgot to be the tooth fairy last night. Instantly, as I lay motionless, my head is in hysteria mode as I remember he requested a picture.
After rolling out of bed, I grabbed the crayons he set so carefully beside his note and came to terms with the fact that a picture is just not happening right now. Starting fresh, the tooth fairy’s response went something like this:
Thank you so much for the note!
<everything you’d expect me to write in my kid’s note to the toothfairy>
I cannot draw you a picture of myself. You see, no child really knows what I look like. Keep being a good boy and keeping your teeth so darn clean, next time… I will draw you a picture.
Love, The Tooth Fairy
PS. I hope you don’t mind…I kept your note.
When Bennett woke up, before his eyes were even opened he mumbled,“the picture…..” I have failed as a parent. He is going to be so disappointed. After he read the note, he gets this silly little smirk on his face and says, “I’m going to keep her note too.”
Being a mom is awesome. Parenthood is wonderful. I can’t wait to tell him that his first love was the tooth fairy.