Tuesday, May 10, 2011

maddie and the tooth fairy

Maddie lost her first tooth yesterday.  That isn't really important in the grand scheme of things to most people.  But it is a big mile marker to me.

Steve told me first yesterday.  Then I talked to Maddie, and pretended I didn't know.  This is how the conversation went:

maddie: hi Grammy
me: hi Maddie how are you?
(I heard her taking a big breath of air, like a pitcher winding up to throw a ball)
maddie: YES!
me: how did you lose it?
maddie: I got hit in the face by a basketball and it got knocked out.
me: do you have the tooth?
maddie: no, we couldn't find it

Leave it to my girl to lose a tooth like that.  Smacked in the mouth by a basketball.  At first, I thought maybe she had swallowed it, like a puppy.  But she swore it was knocked out, not in.

So I told her the Tooth Fairy would still deliver if she left a drawing and explanation of the lost tooth under her pillow.  I told her I would leave a message for the Tooth Fairy too.

So Jen got busy with Maddie and this is the letter she left under her pillow:

For those of you who can't read 5 year old,  the note says:
"I lost my tooth and it shot out.  I am sorry."
Sorry appears boldly, probably to prove how sincere she was for not having the tooth to swap for money.  Maddie was probably thinking this would get her a better payback.

My note said this:

I saw Jen's post on Facebook this morning.  The Tooth Fairy came through.  Jen said Maddie was up before the alarm went off, running through the house screaming:  "MOMMY MOMMY LOOK WHAT THE TOOTH FAIRY LEFT FOR ME!"

It was $5.  Yes.  Five dollars.  And a printed letter from the Tooth Fairy, AND a handwritten note.  I think the Tooth Fairy is a bit OCD with the accent on obsessive.  I should have had a talk with the Tooth Fairy personally last night.

And this is the new Maddie:

I look at that photo and see a tired little girl who has had a BIG day.  She has had tooth-loss envy since her cousin Jack lost his first tooth.  But she has now arrived.  She is a bona fide member of the Tooth Fairy Club.

I feel a little sad at this point.  Every tooth she loses is a step away from childhood and toward adulthood.  If I could, I would find that tooth and glue it back in her mouth.

But sadly, time only moves forward.  So I celebrate for Maddie.

And sorrow for me.


  1. I see inflation has really hit the tooth fairy business. Writing notes, lol, remember our 25 cents in a glass of water, :-)

  2. I had to have two molars pulled, and if you could write me a note as pretty as the one you wrote for your Granddaughter, I may just be able to recoup my losses! lol, poor Maddie

  3. When I was in the second grade in Kansas, I lost a tooth at school. Well, I didn't really lose it. It came out though - so I put it in my desk to take home at the end of the day. Of course, I forgot it. I was upset and told my parents that the Fairy couldn't come now.

    Son-of-a-gun if the Tooth Fairy didn't come after all. I found a quarter (1955 or 56) in my desk the next morning, and the tooth was gone. I'm still trying to figure out how the Fairy knew to go to my desk and not my pillow. There must be some kind of tracking device.

  4. What a lovely post. My youngest lost her first tooth in school. She tripped over a school bag. Blood everywhere, and it was the one day I wasn't there. I had an appointment and was gone for an hour. The tooth fairy arriving that night made up for her "trauma" but inflation has certainly hit. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

  5. Thank you for making me smile today. Congrats to Maddie. I hope she spends her $5 well.

  6. Wow, it's certainly quite lucrative to lose a tooth these days. Wonder how the Tooth Fairy keeps up with inflation?
    josie x

  7. @Anon: Leave it to our Tooth Fairy to be different...

    @Dawn: Next time you lose a tooth, let me know and I'll make you your own special note. :D

    @Thom: That was too funny! I'd like to know how the Tooth Fairy did that too!

    @hocam: Sounds as though your little one and Maddie have something in common. The Tooth Fairy always soothes the trauma. :D

    @Beckey: Maddie is a miser, her money goes right into her piggy bank, then she hits mommy or gramps up for money to spend. :D

    @Josie: The Tooth Fairy probably makes more money than I do, no income tax you know. I need to moonlight as the Tooth Fairy!

    Thank you to all of you who commented...it makes my day to see what you have to say to my posts. :D
    cath xo

  8. That is the cutest note ever... both of them! :) We're getting ready for our first tooth fairy visit because our 3 year old is having an injured tooth pulled next week, so I've been on a search for tips from other parents/grandparents. Oh, and even though you are beyond caring for your kids' teeth, you might still find this Mom's Guide to be a helpful resource to pass along (http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/). It has sure helped me out during our recent tooth drama. Thanks for the cute post; it made my day!

  9. @Emily: thanks for the comments, and the link...that's a great post full of good advice!...I will pass it on to my OCD daughter aka Tooth Fairy...she and my son now have the pleasure of living through The Adventures of the Tooth Fairy saga. And I can sincerely say I am glad it is them, and not me. Good luck with your trip to the Tooth Fairy Kingdom! :D

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