Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stingy Tooth Fairy

There's a reason why most children don't lose teeth until their 7 or more. 4 year olds don't get the whole tooth fairy thing. Benny had to have a tooth pulled at the dentist, so to help him sit still and cooperate, we told him that the tooth fairy would be making a visit that night. He was very excited and placed his tooth inside the tooth treasure box and put it under his pillow. As usual, Benny ended up in our bed that night, when he woke up that morning, he lifted up the pillow and exclaimed sadly, "The tooth fairy forgot!!" I told him that the tooth fairy probably delivered it to his pillow, not Daddy's. He ran into his room and checked, sure enough, there was the prize, a brisk new 1 dollar bill. He was overjoyed and told me how he would like to buy a new bike, I explained that wouldn't be quite enough, so he decided to save it to use when we go to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. The next morning, he stomped into my room and yelled..."The tooth fairy forgot!!", I  had to explain that the tooth fairy only comes one time per tooth and he would have to wait until his next tooth fell out. He looked shocked, "What?? Well, when will that happen?" I told him probably not until he was 7. He grumbled away down the hall.... Sometimes I forget the need to explain every little detail to avoid frustration. It's so funny to see life through the eyes of a 4 year old!

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