The Tooth Fairy has been a fun part of our family over the last few years. It started with Jonah’s first tooth, when she tripped her way into his room and rather clumsily deposited his reward under the pillow. Fortunately, Jonah was too excited about the lost tooth to notice her varied fumbles.
As more and more teeth departed Jonah’s mouth, the Tooth Fairy gained prowess and sophistication to the point that she now (thanks to the wonderfully talented Mr. Tooth Fairy) usually leaves a water-marked certificate under his pillow while depositing the requisite reward.
Of course, Jonah likes to keep her on her toes and often leaves an unexpected special treat for her. Sometimes he likes to hide his tooth, to see if she can find it. Sometimes he chooses to write her a personal note…in the dark…on a corner of a shoe box…with a broken piece of crayon…so as not to disturb Mom & Dad. And then in the morning he checks to see whether she found the tooth and took the note.
As he says, he’s a genius. And he’s not completely sure he believes in the tooth fairy any more. He says he thinks it might be mom and dad.
He’s growing up too fast.
Well, last week, Jonah had oral surgery to remove an extra tooth. And of course, the tooth fairy left an extra special reward and a special certificate for his bravery. He was pretty jazzed. The reward went in his wallet and the certificate went on the refrigerator.
Later that day, Jonah brought me his certificate with two pieces of copy paper from the printer and proceeded to tell me that the tooth fairy’s certificate was the same exact size as the copy paper…and that he thought the paper was too heavy for her to be able to carry anyway, thus proving that the whole thing is really just mom and dad.
I quickly reminded him of Toothie’s super strength and the fact that copy paper is a very common size for paper.
Jonah let it go for now. Probably because he still wants the reward. But he did tell me that he’s “super suspicious”.