Being an “old-ish” mom, somewhere between fitting in Gap clothing and wearing Depends comfortably, I have found motherhood has its ups and downs. Like when trying to remember what it was like when I did things as a child…pert near impossible!
My oldest daughter asks, “Mom, when did you first ride a bike without training wheels?”
“I’m sure I rode a bike. But to tell you the truth, I haven’t the foggiest!” I say squinting my eyes and searching the ceiling for answers.
Or…the latest, “Mom, how much money did the Tooth Fairy bring you when you lost your first tooth?”
Now I have a mouth full of “Big Girl Teeth,” so I know I must have lost some baby ones during my younger days; but if you can’t remember them falling out, how can you be expected to retain the cash value for those suckers?
“I believe I was given diamonds and rubies,” I retorted. “A girl’s best friend, you know.”
“MAH-OM!! You are joking, right?!” Can’t put anything past this one!
“Honey, the Tooth Fairy is the one who makes these decisions and whatever the going rate is will be what you get. It’s just exciting you have entered a new phase of tooth-dom!”
“What?” she gives me the look which I know will be repeated WAY too many times in her adolescence.
“Forget it,” I smile baring all my big girl teeth. “Congratulations on losing your tooth. Tomorrow we’ll see what this tooth fairy thing is all about!”
That night Munchkin #1 put her first bloody, hollow tooth (they are quite gross you know – didn’t remember that either) into her precious Tooth Fairy pillow and placed it under her regular pink sleeping pillow. Her younger sister was almost excited for the impending event; but since it wasn’t about her, why should she waste her energy?
The next thing we know it is morning and over the monitor we hear the squawking, “THE TOOTH FAIRY CAME!!!” Have I ever mentioned how fast that kid can run? Two-point five seconds later, she is practically beaning me in the head with 2 golden coins.
“Look, Mom! I got a Sacagawea!” she started in her best high-pitched girl scream.
“First of all…you are in Kindergarten. How do you know who Sacagawea is?” I asked reaching for my glasses.
“And another one with some guy on it – but Sacagawea!!” she said flopping on the bed like she had just won the Powerball.
“That other guy is a U.S. President, not that I can focus on him yet to tell you who he is, but he was famous too. These are GOLD coins the Tooth Fairy left you!”
“Gold? How much is it worth?” she eagerly inquired.
Inspecting the coins carefully I whispered, “It’s a gold dollar! Each one is worth ONE dollar.”
“ Kathy got FIVE dollars and she said her cousin got TWENTY dollars from the Tooth Fairy!!” she quipped. Dreams over. Time to make the coffee.
“I hate to be the one to tell you, but you saw that tooth of yours…it was totally hollow. Maybe those other kids had diamonds or rubies in the middle of theirs.”
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