“Do ya think the tooth fairy can make it tonight? It’s been three nights already. Just put the money in the case… “ - Stephen, age 9
The tooth fairy sucks. She does, simply because everytime she blows off my kid, I’m left holding the bag. Bad momma.
I replay our convo in my head, “Do ya think the tooth fairy can make it tonight? It’s been three nights already. I'm leaving you my tooth in my magic-dice case. Just put the money in the case. I don’t want you "finding" it when you are "making my bed".
Stephen’s rhetoric reminds me that I am deficient at a small handful of essential tasks.
He is losing faith in the nature of childhood - the lazy tooth fairy, the stagnant Elf-on-Shelf, the absent Easter Bunny, the waning Santa - basically all traditions-in-a box, etc.
He's on to me. My guilt is heavy. Do I tell him it’s simply third-child syndrome? But he's entering 4th grade. He's still my baby. Surely, I can act interested in his loss; we can keep playing the tooth fairy game - so why not prolong the magic? Only a few more teeth left...
I'm curious. Who is this defunct said tooth fairy and what exactly is her predicament? I did some fancy research@ Wikipedia.com:
- 74% believe the tooth fairy is female, while 18% believe it is neither and 9% believe it could be either. (I'm not certain who they interviewed - kids or parents)
- Most believe the fairy to be “tinkerbell- type” with wings and a wand; others a mouse, or bunny.
- the belief in the tooth fairy provides comfort to children for the loss of their tooth, especially if it is painful or traumatic.
- mommas value a child’s belief in the fairy as a sign that their “baby” is still a child.
- parents find comfort in their child’s belief in fantasy; they are not grown up.
- the majority of children have positive outcomes of believing in the tooth fairy.
- the reward left by the fairy varies by country, economic status and the amount the child’s peers report as well as the condition of the tooth.
- less money is paid for a decayed tooth.
- Visa Inc. found the American child on average receives $3.70 per tooth.
This data is statistically significant or insignificant depending on whether you have established if she actually exists (I believe she is a she, displaying Tinkerbell properties, and spreads fairy dust around the heads of sleeping children). It's not obvious to me whether or not she exists.
When Stephen tucks his tooth in a magic-dice case and tucks under his pillow for the fourth night in a row - clearly, I cannot believe. However, when Evan, my soon to be 7th grader, yanks his last bloody-tooth out of his mouth and casually hands it to me while asking for the cash - well then - I do believe.