Wednesday, April 25, 2007

MIA: One Tooth Fairy

My kid was very, very brave. The dentists got together and decided to callously spend even more of our hard-earned money avoid future dental crowding by pulling three teeth instead of one. One of the teeth was fused to the jawbone, and you can figure out for yourself what that meant in terms of the extraction. But we are feeling a bit better today and are sure to go to school tomorrow.

Shockingly, although two teeth were left under the pillow (one was retained for showing in school), the Tooth Fairy failed to take them and leave some cold hard cash in exchange. Such callous cruelty! (The Tooth Fairy was exhausted and sound asleep herself, relieved all was well with her eldest child.)

We decided that perhaps more than one tooth would be too heavy for such a wisp of a thing to carry. We are going to try again tonight, one at a time.

In the meantime, I leave you with a shot of some spinning I did over the last week or so. It's a batch of Black Bunny (blue-faced leicester)



that didn't make it through my stringent quality control process.

21 comments:

Kathy Merrick said...

So, is it maybe your being from the Northern hemisphere that makes you such a bad mom?

PICAdrienne said...

The tooth fairy was in King County, Washington. My son had already had one missed date with her. Sorry about that. I am sure the tooth fairy will show at your house soon.

Carol said...

No, Kath, I think it's my crystal meth addiction.

Mel said...

Every time I hear about someone having to have teeth yanked like that it makes me really, really glad that I've got a big mouth.

Mindy said...

The tooth fairy missed a couple of appointments at our house. We assured our son that the tooth fairy pays more when backlogged and late. Since his tooth fairy is apparently "cheap" compared to others (or so he informed us) he was pretty content with this arrangement.

bunchkin said...

I think we should file a complaint. The tooth fairy has forgotten to visit our house SEVERAL times that my kiddo has lost a tooth, sometimes even 2 nights in a row! What's wrong with that little slacker?

Cheesehead With Sticks said...

Oh ya - that Tooth Fairy, how does she keep her job?

Once the fairy was delayed by high winds and the next visit I saw her flitting away as I woke up my daughter. Another time the fairy actually left a note that said something about the FTM (Fairy Teller Machine) being out of service and she would be back the next night. She did pay "interest" and leave a coupon good for ice cream as well.

I suppose, being a fairy is hard, hard work!

Liz K. said...

Yet another chip off your Perfect Mother Facade...it just makes you more loveable.

The tooth fairy once at my house had to borrow cash from the toothless's piggy bank.

Wily Jeneric said...

I recall having a tooth fused to the bone, too. And, if I remember correctly, the tooth fairy left me a pack of sugarless gum. What, exactly, was s/he implying?

M-H said...

You know, Kathy, that's entirely possible. I can't imagine that it's possible for anyone to be a good mother in the evil United States. [Insert row of smiley faces]

Kathy Merrick said...

Yeah, I didn't think so. (No smiley faces at all)

Carol said...

Well, you know how it is here in the American suburbs: all barbecues and wife swapping.

mindy said...

So does the tooth fairy pay interest when she misses a stop? That should be a whopping interest payment considering what the poor kid went through to get her those teeth.

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Barb B. said...

The tooth fairy got a shock at our place...on the envelope with the tooth in it was written in best 5 yr. old printing "tooth farey, sine yer name here". Only kid I ever knew who asked that question. (The tooth fairy, in case you are wondering, is nameless so snotty greedy kids on the street don't holler at her for money)
Now about that stringent quality control, would that be the "damn this is too nice to sell" category?
Barb B.

Alwen said...

Ow. My autistic step-niece had either 10 or 11 baby teeth out at one time. My sympathies.

My son, on the other hand, lost a tooth at school and was given a hollow plastic "tooth" necklace to put it in. After the tooth fairy came, the next night he tried putting the plastic tooth under his pillow. But she left him two fake quarters.

Guess she's not so dumb, even if she is a little slack some nights.

Carol said...

Barb and Alwen, those are 2 great stories.

Actually, Barb, this one had some weird gack in it -- not vegetable matter (at least not the kind I've ever seen) so I applied the "I wouldn't want to sell someone something I wouldn't want to get myself" philosophy. I picked out the gack and it's been fun to spin.

Mary K. in Rockport said...

Here comes a long-winded Tooth Fairy story. Our poor 5 year old swallowed her very first shed tooth while at school - what a tragedy! We searched for a substitute to put under the pillow and left a little white stone that looked a lot like a tooth. The Fairy apparently regarded this as some kind of trick because in the morning, there was no coin and the stone was still there. (Did my husband and I feel wicked guilty? Oh yes!) After consulting McCloskey's "One Morning in Maine," our daughter thought that maybe substituting an object that is shed, as a tooth is shed, might be acceptable to the Tooth Fairy. A beautiful, red, autumn maple leaf was put under the pillow the next night, and it did the trick. One year, the dog ate all the chocolate out of the Easter baskets in a predawn raid, but that wasn't the Bunny's fault.........

M-H said...

BBQs and wifeswapping? Good heavens, and here I was thinking that that only happened in Aus. From what I hear, being out of those circles.

M-H said...

Oh Kathy, I don't know why you always zoom in my comments, no matter which blog I leave them on. I suppose you've decided I'm anti-American now. All I can say to that is that some of my best friends are American, and if I did want to waste time and energy hating any nation it wouldn't be the nation of generous and warm-hearted people that I have found Americans to be on my visits there. Your political system, now, that's a different story.

Chris said...

My eldest is losing teeth, and I forgot to dump the dollar underneath the pillow one night. I wrote an elaborate note from the tooth fairy recounting how she was so busy, and left 2.00 in the late afternoon while she was out riding her bike. (This from a person who always said when she had children she would never lie to them about some tooth fairy.)

Love that blue spun!