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July 03, 2014

The Tooth Fairy Mystery

The moment the 7am alarm went off in my room there was a knock at the door.  It was Jade.

"The Tooth Fairy didn't come and take my tooth."

Ah, yes, Jade's second tooth.  The tooth we thought would never come out.

The big front tooth that crept across her gums until it was parallel with the floor but hung in there for weeks and weeks until it was finally - and painlessly - dislodged by an apple.  

The tooth the Tooth Fairy kept reminding herself that she had to collect when Jade was asleep because she didn't want another close call like last time when the Tooth Fairy remembered the very first tooth just as she was crawling into bed. The tooth that, in spite of the constant self-reminders, the Tooth Fairy completely forgot about when she crawled exhaustedly into bed after a busy evening of cooking and cleaning and packing lunches for summer camp the next morning because she's single-parenting while her wife is singing on tour in places like Yellowknife and Iqaluit and Ottawa.  That tooth.

"That's weird," I said with a genuinely sad and perplexed look on my face. "Are you sure?"

"Well, the tooth is still there," she said.

"Hmm..." I muttered as I walked off down the hall and she went into the bathroom.

It was then that the Tooth Fairy hurriedly snuck outside wearing nothing but her pyjama bottoms to raid the change tray in the truck for a couple of measly quarters and dimes and then raided the change tray in the minivan for quarters and loonies.  The Tooth Fairy felt horrible for the oversight and wanted to do whatever she could to make amends for her failure to do her job properly. Deftly, the Tooth Fairy snuck back down to her room and inserted the mitt-full of coins under the lowest of her two pillows - one layer below the tooth-bearing pillow sandwich - and exited the room, leaving the tooth behind. 

Strolling back down the hall, with Jade still in the bathroom, I asked, "Are you sure the Tooth Fairy didn't leave anything?"

"I don't think so."

"Did you look under both pillows?" I asked.

We walked into her room together and she checked under the first layer.  The tooth was still there, safely tucked into the giant zip-loc bag where she had placed it.  But under the second pillow? An entire three dollars and twenty cents!

"But why didn't the Tooth Fairy take my tooth?"

"I don't know. I guess it's a mystery."

We've been discussing this mystery all day.  It just doesn't make sense.  Why would the Tooth Fairy leave the tooth behind?

Mysteries are good.  I like mysteries.  Jade likes mysteries.  Little sister Halia likes mysteries, too, judging by the number of possible reasons she's concocted for the oversight.  In the end, Jade concluded that there's only one way to find out and that's to demand an explanation from the Tooth Fairy.  Smart kid.  That's why Jade wrote a note this evening asking the Tooth Fairy why she left the money and didn't take the tooth.




And so, the Tooth Fairy began writing this blog entry, which should take just enough time for Jade to fall fast asleep, at which point the Tooth Fairy will replace Jade's note with a note of her own.  The note will probably blame the oversight on the hired help (one just cannot find good substitute fairies these days) and will thank her for keeping the tooth safe until she could come to collect it herself.  She might even let Jade keep the additional dollar and twenty cents for her troubles.

She might do that. Or she might just take the tooth and let the mystery linger...

5 comments:

Mom said...

Haaaaha! You gave me my morning laugh. Thanks!

Allmycke said...

I love Jade and her logic. Smart kid!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog after googling "bannock". I was planning to make it tonight for the bonfire as a surprise for my son. Then he told me he had a surprise planned for the bonfire tonight. Turns out we were thinking the same thing. Now it won't be a surprise, but hopefully it will be yummy!

My son left notes for the toothfairy all the time. It got harder as he got older to come up some replies that didn't sound like me. I also had to practice some different handwriting! Have fun - this is a great stage. All the baby teeth are gone from our house :(

Meandering Michael said...

I hope you enjoyed your double-bannock bonfire!

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