“I lost a tooth, but I lost it,” Goalielocks wrote in a short note to the tooth fair. He was six years old at the time and had just lost his second tooth. We brought him up to bed and my hubby dug in his pocket to pull out the tooth, but it was missing. Unfortunately my husband, who was holding on to the tooth until bedtime, misplaced the tooth. Goalielocks was beyond distraught as was my hubby, who felt terrible.
Since there was no hope of finding the tooth in time for bed time, we suggested that Goalielocks write the Tooth Fairy a note explaining what had happened. My idea of a note includes a greeting and a signature, but his was much simpler. He drafted his note, showed it to us and placed it under his pillow.
That night the Tooth Fairy arrived and left him a $20 bill. Clearly, there was a level of dad guilt built into the payout here. When Goalielocks awoke and found the $20 bill he was ecstatic! Even though he had gotten up early to get to school, he was dancing around happily. Since he’s not a morning person, much like his mom, this was quite the sight to be seen. He simply couldn’t believe that he got $20 for the tooth we lost.
As we laid Goalielocks down to bed the next night, it dawned on him that perhaps he should write the Tooth Fairy another note. He did and again she was quite generous with her payout. He continued his new nightly tradition of writing a note, “I lost a tooth, but I lost it,” and kept getting paid. Yep folks the dad guilt here for losing the tooth was serious. Finally, after I shared the story with my colleagues, one of my co-workers volunteered to write a note from the Tooth Fairy to Colin. Thankfully, that well written note from the Tooth Fairy put an end to the nightly notes to the Tooth Fairy. Lesson learned that our kids are quite industrious and parent guild definitely exists.