The Tooth Fairy Gives Cash Bonuses For Pain & Bad Decisions

With his tone mocking that of an angry teenager, Bennett says…

“I am not going to bed tonight with this tooth in my mouth!”

So where do we go from here?  …The obvious of course.

We decide we will tie a string to that little tooth & secure the other end to our pantry door in the kitchen. Brandin went downstairs to collect the materials. (String.)

We had some pretty great expectations for what was about to happen – all of us. ‘Had’ being the key word. How silly and naive for us to believe that it would go exactly as planned.

Attempt #1: WHAM! The string flies off the tooth.

Attempt #2: WHAM! Bennett is still attached to the door. Bennett, you can’t jump forward with the door. 

Before we attempt a 3rd time we have a small family discussion. The result was that Bennett was still all in.

We gave him the chance to back out…please remember that as you read on.

Attempt #3: WHAM! Again, the string flies off the tooth.

Brandin gets down on his knees and re-ties the string to Bennett’s tooth. This time a tiny little piece of Bennett’s gums get stuck in the knot of the string & It starts to bleed; There is absolutely no way to untie the string.

Frantic is the perfect word to explain Bennett’s demeanor once he felt the pinch & saw the blood.

Fun Fact: I was videotaping this entire ordeal – which is what it had become. It was no longer funny. It was no longer cute…it was a messy ordeal.

There was this moment I was watching the screen on my camcorder, tears are streaming down his cheeks at a rather rapid rate & I realize…

This is getting weird.

That’s when I put the camcorder down.

Brandin gets back down on his knees, face-to-face with our bloody mouthed son to evaluate the situation we were dealing with.  I resorted to the corner of the kitchen, trying to keep my dinner down. In case I didn’t mention it sooner – I don’t handle the whole “teeth pulling” scenario very well.

I don’t typically have a weak stomach, but there is just something about pulling a tooth and leaving a bloody hole that doesn’t agree with me.


From the corner I hear, “I don’t know Bud – Mom is going to have to take care of it.”

Pull it together Jen…

I’m not sure what came over me – but I went into full-blown “Mama-Beast-Mode”. There were no other options; I had to get that tooth out.

This had to end.

I marched over there & looked directly into my son’s eyes, gave him (and myself) an encouraging smirk…(I tried to smile, but that also didn’t go as planned) and I plucked his tooth out.

String still attached, dinner still in my stomach.


That night, the tooth fairy was generous; apparently there is a cash bonus for pain & bad decisions.

13 thoughts on “The Tooth Fairy Gives Cash Bonuses For Pain & Bad Decisions

  1. My daughter also recently had a stubborn tooth, though she wouldn’t let us do the doorknob trick. In the end she was the one who resorted to plucking the tooth from her own mouth because she just couldn’t stand it any more.

    Great entry for this weeks challenge.


  2. You go, girl! I can totally picture you marching over there, determined to yank that tooth! Even though weird, I’m sure you all will look back on that footage someday and laugh. I feel bad for the poor kid. I could never do the string thing- I always walked with the door!
    Hey, those caramel apple suckers or laffy taffy work wonders for loose teeth…and they’re slightly less traumatic! 😛


    1. I have yet to watch the footage, But you’re right – one day the three of us will sit down and relive it & more laughs will be had the 2nd time around…I’m sure of it.
      He was SO for the string thing, I was surprised because he’s a bit sensitive**. But hey…another one for the memory book. It’s safe to say we will never do the string/door thing again so I appreciate the other ideas.

      **When I say sensitive I actually mean my son is a bit of a cry baby.


      1. lol, he may be a cry baby now, but in a few years, he might just turn into the romantic ladies man! Sensitive isn’t always a bad thing… Can be difficult to bear sometimes, though! 😀



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