The Toothfairy: EXPOSED


Not to be party poopers, but we really haven’t pushed all that Santa/Easter Bunny/Toothfairy stuff. I mean, we read all the great books to our kids, and so they all have imaginations the size of Alaska. But we have never said to them, “This character’s real” or “This one’s a fraud.” Instead, we’ve made the conscious decision to just feed their little imaginations with stories of old (and new) and allow them to draw the lines when it comes to that stuff. Except eventually kids get around to asking you point blank. And then what do you do? I can only tell the truth. It’s a disease that runs deep in me, compulsive truth-telling. It can be a flaw, especially since sometimes the truth is unpleasant, and sometimes it just seems like the truth to me at the time, only to discover later that maybe it wasn’t so much…

But ever since Claire started losing her teeth, she has been absolutely obsessed with the toothfairy. She wants to know everything about her. We’ve checked out a book at the library and had several precocious discussions on the subject. The little stinker asks hard questions. So when Claire lost her second tooth, she decided to do something crazy. She wrote a letter to the Toothfairy, to be included with the tooth. She included a piece of chocolate from her easter candy even. And then she decorated a ziploc bag and put all of these things inside it and under her pillow. Here is her letter:


And so I could not resist. The mommy and the writer in me had to reply on the Toothfairy’s behalf.  Here is what Claire received under her pillow the next morning, along with a crisp $5 bill:


Also included was THIS photo:


But the little stinker didn’t buy it. The next morning at 6:30am, she came giggling and cold-footed into my bed, and snicked, “Mom! I know you’re the toothfairy!”

After all that trouble I went to, I accidentally left the chocolate candy wrapper on my desk where I typed the letter.  And then she told me that I’m the only one who calls her silly girl. Are 6 year-olds supposed to notice that kind of stuff?

Smarty-pants had better not ruin it for her brothers.

About cashclan

Lisa is a grateful, born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has spent her adult life on the Gospel in several global contexts. She is the wife of one wonderful, jungle-gym of a man, who is to her the single most ravishing piece of flesh on planet earth (stolen good-heartedly from Christine Caine). She is a dedicated home educator to their four beautiful children, ages 6 to 12, whom she would be happy to gush over any time. She is an avid reader and a storyteller, an aspiring writer, a missionary to the nations and a singer of His praises, a loyal friend, an obsessive-compulsive Googler, and comedienne extraordinaire on her best days. She would also like to think that she is a loyal and loving, truth-telling friend.
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4 Responses to The Toothfairy: EXPOSED

  1. MIMI says:

    Truely Priceless! When I read your toothfairy letter and saw the part “silly girl”, I thought…Oh, Claire will figure that out! My Claire baby is very smart. By the way, I think you get that truthfullness thing from me. Love Mom

  2. Starr says:

    Do I remember a story about someone leaving lipstick on “Santa’s” glass of milk? In the exact color that Mimi wears? 🙂

  3. Catrina says:

    What a wonderfully hysterical story!!!

  4. Kia says:

    I love it, Lisa. I wish I was this creative.

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