E.’s top tooth has been wobbly since June. Finally this past weekend I stole some moments to embroider a tooth and then this afternoon my biggest boy came home from school with his tooth in his hand! It is his third lost tooth – but his first top tooth. With speed I immediately set to work to embroider some text and sew up a pillow.
In the meantime E. set to work scrubbing his tooth with copious amounts of toothpaste – I might have mentioned to my children once or twice that the tooth fairy pays a higher price for well cared for teeth and that some unfortunate children with decaying teeth had indeed woken in the morning to an invoice from the tooth fairy who had disposed of the toothy-rubbish. Since he had been eating when the tooth fell out E. was adamant that it needed a good clean… and as many of you may well predict there were tears not long after when he dropped the tooth down the drain.
He was inconsolable. Hugging him tightly I assured him that he was not the first child to loose a lost tooth, the tooth fairy would be small enough to fly down the drain and rescue the tooth, we could draw a map so that she could find it I suggested… Thankfully Dave was home and unscrewed the drain recovering the tooth.
… and the boy is now, as I type, sleeping with his new pillow and his new gappy smile.
Me thinks following all the drama of this afternoon he might get a good price for it… he did use a good third of a tube of toothpaste cleaning the tooth once it have been salvaged from the drain. (In this house a good price is a shiny golden $2 coin.) The tooth fairy is at a bit of loss as to what to do with the tooth once it is claimed… should it be kept with other treasures? Has anyone ever been given a full set of teeth in adulthood? I have no idea what my ‘tooth fairy’ did with my baby teeth. Does anyone have the low-down on what the tooth fairy actually does with the teeth???