Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tooth Fairy

My oldest daughter lost yet another tooth today. I think that makes 10. She'd lost it at school, and the nurse gave her a tiny yellow treasure box to bring it home in. Excitedly she showed me in the car as we drove to ballet, saying...Yay the tooth fairy is going to come tonight! MmmHmm I murmured as I drove. To myself I thought...How much longer will she believe the tooth fairy is real? Isn't she getting a little old for this?

Tonight as I went in search of the tiny yellow box, not remembering for a bit where I'd put it, I thought again, When will she be too old for this? Finally I located the box, helped her tuck it under her pillow, and layed beside her for our nightly prayers. As I kissed her goodnight she said...Mom, I have a question...

And I knew.

She was about to ask.

Before she uttered another word I said... Sweetie, make sure you really want an answer before you ask.

She thought for a second and then...Yes, I really want an answer.

Then she asked.

And I immediately regretted my earlier feelings. Why did I want this to end? Why did I think she was too old? As we talked (she handled the news quite well), my heart ached as I realized the first step out of childhood had just happened for her. What comes next? Santa? Oh please no.

I realize it's a milestone that had to happen, maybe needed to happen, but it's still tough.

Then as I walked out of her room, just a few moments ago she called out...

Mom, you know I'm just gonna forget about this, right?

And I smiled. She wants to hang on just a little longer, and that's just fine with me.


Jamie said...

That makes me sad. We have a nine year old and I know the wheels are turning in her head but I just can't bring myself to tell her yet. I will when she asks. It's the end of an era.

Chris said...

AJ asked when he was 6. He has pulled his 3rd tooth. He came in & handed it to me as he was getting ready for bed. I said something to the effect of "aren't you going to put it under your pillow for the tooth fairy?" He told me he knew it was me & daddy who took the tooth & left the money. He said "I know the tooth fairy is not real. Just like I know Santa Clause is not real." I took the opportunity to make a special memory by pulling out his baby book & showing him the tooth chart where I had written in the dates when his teeth came in, and I had saved all of the teeth he has lost in tiny baggies & attached them to that same page with the dates he lost them. He thought that was pretty cool. Now when he loses a tooth, he wants to put it in the baby book. The truth finding phase is indeed the end of an era, but it is also a chance to make other memories that can be just as special.

Josh and Lane Whitlock said...

Oh this makes me so sad....but such a sweet comment as you walked away! I'm just glad I didn't get the Santa question this summer....I so thought it was coming at one point!!! I just didn't want to be the one to break the news. I hope she can keep it a secret to Annie and Austin!

Carissa said...

that's so sweet! and really well written.

Celeste said...

What a sweet post!! Love it.