Last night we were at my in-laws house eating dinner and we were discussing Claudia’s impending visit from the tooth fairy.
As you can see here Claudia’s tooth was very loose.
It came up that recently Devra’s younger son lost a tooth and then he really lost it. He eventually found it so it was okay but Claudia’s grandmother said that she thought if you lost lost a tooth the Tooth Fairy would still come.
I said I didn’t think so. It didn’t seem fair. Why would a person get money for nothing?*
Of course Claudia woke up in the morning with a gaping hole in her mouth where one of her lower front teeth used to be.
And the tooth was nowhere to be found.
My daughter lost her very first tooth. She is so excited. This is a rite of passage. She is growing up and I think I ruined it for her. She was crestfallen when she realized the tooth was gone.
I am the the shittiest parent ever. I screwed up the whole Tooth Fairy thing before I ever even got the chance to be her. What kind of mother** would deny a little girl the joy of losing her first tooth when she was already sad enough that after weeks of build up she wasn’t even awake when it finally fell out.
To attempt to redeem myself I suggested that maybe if Claudia wrote a letter explaining the situation the Tooth Fairy would understand. She couldn’t be the first kid this has happened to, right?
I am so glad that my mother-in-law argued the point. She gave Claudia hope. I should trust that the woman that raised my husband knows a thing or two about parenting and Tooth Fairies.
And if tonight I fall asleep and forget to leave a dollar under her pillow, I am just going to have to admit that it is all a lie: the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny – all of it. It is all just me sucking at motherhood, and I am going to have to buy her a pony to appease my guilt.
* or their chicks for free?
** I’m so bad I should be in detention.