Snaggletooth - 08/18/14

   We've had a lot of loose teeth this summer and inevitably, they fall out when we have no cash on us and no ability to get any.  Hence, making this tooth fairy charade hard to keep alive.  Especially, when you consider our kids are intuitive, a little older and definitely on to us. 

    As a general rule, we don't usually carry cash anyway, so if a tooth's going to fall out... we need a little advanced planning.  Problem is, these things are unpredictable.   A lost tooth no doubt requires a trip to the ATM and the last two teeth have let go when there's no ATM in sight. 

     Case in point, when my son lost one of his this summer, we were at the lake, out in the boondocks, with no access to an ATM.  Thankfully, we had family there with us and my brother in law had a little cash on him.  He spotted us the money and helped us keep the tooth fairy tale alive for one more round.  

    The other tooth that threw us for a loop was my daughter's which she lost right before bed time one night this summer.  Again, who's going out to an ATM at 10?  Not me.  I have a coworker who got shot getting cash at an ATM at night.  So, here we go scrounging around for nickels and dimes and quarters, digging through our car consoles, the junk drawer, etc. 

   However, that creates another whole issue.  Why did one kid get a nice crispy new $5 bill for his tooth, but the tooth fairy only brought the other child some ones and a lot of coins?   See how hard this charade is to keep up?  I wanted to say, "Because you lose your teeth at the most inopportune times and your parents can't pop an exact monetary denomination out of our ears on cue.....  in the middle of the night or when we're out in the country with no stores."   But that would have ruined it for everybody.  So, I just explained that the tooth fairy makes a lot of stops.  Sometimes, you're first on her route, sometimes you're last.  You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit. :)

   Then comes the question, "Mom, the tooth fairy's writing looks a lot like dad's.  Don't you think I'm getting a little old for this?"   I was so close to saying, "Yes, and so am I.  This tooth fairy charade is giving me grey hair."  But, again... I didn't.   Instead, I said, "I will always believe in the magic of fairies, Santa and the Easter Bunny and I hope you will too."  

    The end.... and now we have a little stash of cash for the next late night tooth to drop.     

 

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