I came home to some “exciting” news yesterday from The Color Princess. Her one remaining top front tooth, which has been wiggling in her gums for a couple weeks now, finally came loose (with a little help from Dee). Now, she has an adorable toothless smile and an even cuter pronounced lisp.
The girls have been given “tooth pillows” they can put their lost teeth in and hang on their bedroom door for the Tooth Fairy (note to parents – this is definitely the way to go – no sneaking into their room after they’re asleep!) but unfortunately, the CP’s tooth pillow is currently lost in the mess of her room, so I improvised with another little purse-like bag last night, tucking the tooth inside and hanging it on the CP’s doorknob as we put her to bed. I figured after she was definitely asleep for the night I’d pull the ol’ switcheroo and she’d wake up to a nice crisp dollar bill tucked into the purse instead of her tooth.
Well, this here Tooth Fairy would probably flunk a mid-year performance evaluation. I goofed big time; by the time I went to bed, it had totally slipped my mind to swap out the chopper for cash, and the poor girl woke up all excited, only to find that, in spite of all promises to the contrary, the Tooth Fairy had NOT come overnight. It was a teary, heart-wrenching sight, let me tell you.
As Dee consoled her on the couch, I slipped into the CP’s room and hid the dollar under her real pillow. We then asked her whether she had looked under her pillow on her bed, as sometimes “the Tooth Fairy leaves money under your pillow if she can’t find the tooth pillow”. When she pulled out the dollar bill, she still had tears in her eyes but was beaming ear-to-ear. Crisis averted, and my 6-year-old is probably happily showing off her giant gap-toothed smile to all of her teachers and friends at school today.
Now, I just have to figure out to do with this incisor that the negligent Tooth Fairy forgot to take with her last night…