May 11, 2012 James Wilcox
Musings of a Kansas City Dad &Teacher
Final Visit from the Tooth Fairy
My oldest son lost another tooth earlier this week, which in and of itself isn’t a big deal. I helped him pull it after dinner (all I had to do was give it a little nudge, I promise) and we put it in a zip lock bag so he wouldn’t lose it before he had the chance to put it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy. As he was getting into bed, with the tooth safely tucked away, he asked my wife the fateful question: Is the Tooth Fairy real?
Now, he has been asking a lot of questions about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy for several months now, but he always seems to ask these questions when his younger brother and sister are around. Although I know my oldest wants to believe, but at eleven he has started hearing rumors that they don’t exist from his friends and just has a hard time logically wrapping his mind around Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy anymore.
My wife and I decided months ago that we would tell him the truth, assuming he asked at an appropriate time (i.e. when his brother and sister were not around). Now the moment of truth had arrived. He asked about the Tooth Fairy and it was just the two of them, one-on-one. Taking a deep breath, my wife explained that the Tooth Fairy didn’t really exist, that it was a fairy tale. After digesting this information for a few minutes, he asked the most logical question, “Do I still get a dollar for my tooth?” My wife smiled, answered yes and then made him promise not to tell his siblings.
He was clearly disappointed by the news that the Tooth Fairy isn’t real (we all want to believe in magic I think), but surprisingly, he did not seem to make the connection to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny (I am sure he will once he thinks about it). Although he knew the “truth” about the Tooth Fairy, I think he still held out hope that the Tooth Fairy would actually still come because he left his tooth under his pillow “just in case”.
Of course, my wife switched out the tooth for a dollar after he fell asleep and he hasn’t said anything about the Tooth Fairy since. ‘
The Tooth Fairly made her last visit to my little boy this week, which makes me realize that he isn’t so little anymore.