No, don’t get your hopes up for a sequel to the Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson film. The Tooth Fairy came again: second tooth for Pablo. It had to be “wiggled out” by the dentist to make room for already growing permanent teeth, as will two more tomorrow. So we’re going with $2 for these because of the special circumstances. It’s still down from the first $5 tooth, but more than the $1 usual fee we had agreed upon here through social media parenting checks and balances. It’s funny to know that we will have two more teeth and another chance to play the Fairy tomorrow night. Usually you can’t plan for that or put it on a calendar.
Pablo will be coming back to school after Spring Break with 3 less teeth than he had before he left. Could look a bit strange or raise suspicion. But he’s excited to mark them on the class chart of lost teeth.
Unfortunately for us and possibly Doodles, Pablo already has cause to doubt some of the fun childhood magic we want to keep alive. He heard from another 1st Grader that his Mom, not the Tooth Fairy, puts the money under the pillow.
He asked me about it. I said, “Hmmn, that’s interesting. Well, I guess in some families that’s the way the parents do it. Not everyone is as fortunate to get visited by the Tooth Fairy.”
I was reminded me of the Kid Logic episode of This American Life on NPR. It’s a story I’ve referenced many times as parent. Listen and hear how a child thinks her neighbor friend’s Dad is the actual Tooth Fairy and it’s their little secret. I really love this story, but I just couldn’t give that power (and pressure) to Pablo’s friend’s Mom. I didn’t want to say, “Oh, yeah, Owen’s Mom is actually the Tooth Fairy.” What if she wasn’t up for the acting gig?
Another interesting thing about Kid Logic and the movie The Tooth Fairy is that I never pictured this Fairy as a man. As a kid, I always imaged The Tooth Fairy as a winged princess with a wand, almost like Glinda crossed with Tinkerbell. Did you imagine The Tooth Fairy to be male or female?