"Is it really just you? My friends say their parents take the teeth...but that doesn't make sense, why would you want my teeth?" I just smile and raise my hands a bit to suggest that it doesn't make any sense to me either.
And I am debating to myself, should I just tell him? I feel dishonest. But no. I have two more boys with teeth. Once Aaron knows, there is no keeping that secret. And the Tooth Fairy is fun. So I just try to stay as quiet as possible and let him come to his own conclusions.
After going round and round about the logic of the tooth fairy and possible parental intervention he decides, "There must be a Tooth Fairy."
So last night he wrote a very long note.
In case you can't read that, or don't want to try, I will interpret:
Dear Tooth Fairy:
Instead of money I want a super power instead. But if you can't give me a super power give me four dollars. Give me a force field. How you activate the force field: snap your fingers once. How you unactivate the force field is by snapping your fingers.
Apparently I cosigned without realizing it. That gave it a little extra oomph and authority I suppose.
However, while I was pondering, and a honestly a bit turned off by the many "give me's" in the note, I was also smiling about the force field. Who gave him that idea? While I was trying to decide how to handle it, and how much money I should really give him, I fell asleep. Oops..:(
So this morning I faced a VERY disappointed and crying six year old, who had no force field, no four dollars, no nothin.
So he went over and over in his mind, and outloud, what might have gone wrong. "Do you think it is because it was in the toothcase? Maybe she didn't see it?"
I told him that maybe there were "so many first graders with lost teeth last night that she didn't get around to all of them."
But that didn't satisfy. He ruminated and ruminated. "Try again tonight," I said. "I bet she will come."
"Okay, he said. But this time I am going to ask for 10 dollars for being late."
So I am composing a letter to Aaron for the Tooth Fairy:
I am so sorry about not getting your tooth last night.
There was an accident in the tooth castle and all of the teeth came crumbling down.
I had to spend all night fixing it up. I used up all of my force fields to put a protective barrier around the castle to prevent future accidents and future delays in tooth pick-ups. I also used lots of money to pay the construction workers who helped me fix the castle, so I am a little low on cash. Here are two dollars. Thank you so much for your beautiful tooth. I am so sorry I was late to pick it up.
The Tooth Fairy
Whatever happened to a quarter under the pillow!!!?