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salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 6:58 PM

THE TOOTH FAIRY

I write a weekly column for the newspaper I work for and I would like to write on memories of the Tooth Fairy this week. I'll be working on the column the first thing Thursday morning.

I was wondering if any of you would be willing to share what you did with your baby teeth (or your children's baby teeth) so the Tooth Fairy would leave money and how much money? I won't use any identification with the column but just give the examples.

For instance, I remember putting a baby tooth in a glass of water by my bed at night. When I woke up the next morning I think I had a nickel in the glass of water and the tooth was gone. I realize that inflation has hit the Tooth Fairy business all these many years later, but a nickel was pretty good money in those days.

Another person said they put their tooth under their pillow at night.

Of course, now they have special pillows in which to put the tooth and probably other things I can't even imagine.

So I would be grateful for any help you would be willing to give me with my column. I'll post a link where you'll be able to go read it on Friday.

I'm holding my breath for what Smaug or Texlewee might post but I'll take my chances.


Thanks. Pat

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 7:26 PM

Yes, Pat, this brings back memories! My granddaughter is 12 and has lived with me since she was 3. When she first started loosing her baby teeth, it was up to me to be the tooth fairy. I would put the tooth in a Zip Loc bag under her pillow, and then try to find an opportune time in the night to sneak the money in under her pillow without waking her. I think I started out at a $1.00, and later went to $5.00. Just keep in mind tho' once you raise the price you pretty well have to stay with it. I should have thought about that in the beginning.

Marilyn...

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 7:29 PM

Thanks for your contribution, Marilyn. Hmm, one needs to count up the number of teeth you'll be paying for before raising the price!

BTW, if any of you have funny family stories to relate concerning the tooth fairy, be sure to share those, too.

Thanks.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 7:37 PM

Three quick stories:

When my oldest daughter was a child, I saved her first baby tooth she lost. It was in my jewelry box. When I was wrapping Christmas presents, I made her wait in my bedroom until I finished a couple. She started snooping where she shouldn't and when she found the tooth, she waited until I said the coast was clear and then she marched out, tooth in hand. She was 5, but she held the tooth in front of my face and said "What is the meaning of this!??!" I stuttered, not knowing what to say, knowing that this was to be the end of an innocence. And then she said "The next time I put a tooth under my pillow, you leave it alone so the tooth fairy can have it!" All I could do was nod.

When my son lost a tooth, around the same age, he decided to put it in a glass of water. He had it in the kitchen and was messing around and I had just told him to put the tooth in a glass or else he would lose it, when he started bawling. He lost it. We swept, we vacuumed, we searched everywhere but the tooth was nowhere to be found. He was heartbroken. I told him that sometimes if you leave a note to the tooth fairy and explain what happened, she might leave you some money or a toy anyway. So he wrote this heartwrenching letter to the tooth fairy, explaining that he lost his tooth, could he have a gift anyway, and if she found it, it was "white with some red on the other end." I saved the letter.

And finally my youngest. She lost a tooth, decided to put it in water (which was a relief to me because she is a light sleeper and I had trouble sneaking things in and out from under her pillow. So I had a hold of her tooth, getting ready to put it in water when it slipped from my fingers and went down the drain. Oops. For some reason, my husband will save the wishbones from chickens or turkeys for the kids to pull and he had one drying. In a moment of sheer geniusness, I popped off a flat part of the chicken bone, put it in a glass, and set it on the window sill. My daughter came in to check on her tooth, I was nervous. She looked at it, grinned, and skipped off to bed, dreaming of the tooth fairy bringing presents. Whew!

And at our house, the tooth fairy sometimes brings money, sometimes gifts, sometimes candy. And she always leaves a note signed T.F. Sometimes she leaves fairy dust on pillows. The tooth fairy, Santa, and the Easter Bunny all tend to go a little crazy at our house. Not sure why.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 7:54 PM

Do you mean stories like the morning my little sister woke up missing a tooth?

When neither she nor my parents could find it in or around the bed, 7 year old Sis became hysterical thinking she had swallowed it and she would die!!! nothing could convince her otherwise. My brilliant mother solved the problem. The next morning Sis woke up with a band-aid on her belly under the band-aid was a dime (the going rate in our house in '68). Mom said the tooth fairy came and took it out of her tummy so she was going to live a long long time.

Mom still has more wisdom than anyone I know.

~~chyenn~~

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 8:06 PM


One afternoon when Lily was much younger, we were in the local grocery store when she ran into one of her classmates. She told Jackson that she'd lost a tooth that day and was excited to be getting the $5 bill under her pillow that night. Jackson stared at her solemnly and declared "You must get the cheap Tooth Fairies at your house." Later, his mother told me that they left a $10 or $20 for each of his teeth. Dangit! I thought I was being extravagant as I only got a nickel when I was her age. Wonder what the going rate is now...

Osuz



bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 8:07 PM

Ah, the tooth fairy. I have no remembrance of where I put the tooth (under my pillow, most likely) but the very first tooth that I lost, the tooth fairy brought me an Alice in Wonderland plastic tea set! That was the most exciting thing ever. Of course, this was back in the '50s, a simpler time of life.

Alice

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 9:19 PM


I don't want to talk about the Tooth Fairy. He touched me in the naughty place. Actually it was Uncle Ernie Fairy. Same outfit.

And don't ask about no damn mimes or clowns, either.

This use to be a board of comfort and support....why the sudden sick hellish turn?

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 9:42 PM

Because I knew it would torment you, Smaug, and I just had to do it. I couldn't stop myself!

Thanks everyone, you've given me some wonderful material for my column, plus it has been fun hearing your memories. Well, maybe not Smaug's memories, but we'll deal with that later.

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Thu, 11th Oct '07 12:55 PM

My son lost his first tooth while at the Petting Zoo with day care. His day care provider carefully wrapped the tooth in a tissue and put it in her pocket. A little while later, one of the kids had a runny nose. She reached into her pocket to pull out the tissue and the tooth fell out right near the animal pen where a hungry goat came running over and quickly gobbled up the tooth! Needless to say, a note to the tooth fairy explaining what happened resulted in a very nice gift.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 11th Oct '07 1:10 PM

How many among us can say, "My son's tooth was eaten by a goat"? We stand in the presence of greatness.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 11th Oct '07 1:14 PM


Actually, the goat story isn't far from mine...

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Oct '07 1:16 PM

'Cept Smaug ate the goat's tooth.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 11th Oct '07 6:40 PM

Hey @ Chyen....Love what your Mother did - so creative,
imaginative - understanding of childhood fears and loving.
That's the kind of mother we all wish to be ....or wish we had.
And so few of us get what we wish for....


bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 6:10 AM

I must have a bird brain - I just remembered that I wrote a Quiz about the Tooth Fairy for one of the Community Quiz go rounds. Maybe you can get some stuff from there - I actually did quite a bit of research!

http://www.sploofus.com/triviaquiz/bigbirds_tooth_fairy_quiz.html

Alice

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 7:51 AM

...And Texlewee roasted the goat on a spit over an open fire and had CABRITO !!!

AAAAAEEEEEEE

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 10:56 AM

Thanks everyone for your help with my column. I think it will bring back memories for some older people and give some ideas to newer parents. And I know for sure it will bring smiles to many readers.

Embee, I got your story late, so read it at home and had to recall what I read by the time I got to the office. Hope it reads fairly true to what you sent. With my short term memory as .... now what was I saying?

I also tried to use one story from each one who had sent their stories in by yesterday morning. If I didn't get yours included, I'm sorry, it wasn't intentional. I can't find a depth or word counter on this new computer at home (where I wrote my column) so when I got to work the column was about twice as long as it should have been. I had to do some condensing.

Actually, the stories have been fun to read so while I won't be needing any more for my column you might want to keep posting them for others to read.

As promised, here is the link to find my column. You'll have to fill out a registration form and then it may take you back to a "now you're registered" page. Go down the left-hand column to where it says columnists, click on that. Mine will be the first one that comes up.

Don't say I didn't warn you, but if you haven't eaten or taken your medications yet, you might want to do that before you open the page ... my photo is with the column. (I need a new photo taken but the camera and I have a real hate relationship!)

http://www.nptelegraph.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18909637&BRD=377&PAG=461&dept_id=602396&rfi=6

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 11:06 AM

Very interesting column, Pat. Thanks for the link.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 11:31 AM

Just read your column, Pat! Really interesting! Thanks!

Marilyn...

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 11:53 AM

very sweet column!

Alice

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 11:58 AM

I just read the column and I think your memory is amazing. The article was really sweet!

4getful1
4getful1  (Level: 176.0 - Posts: 2926)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 11:59 AM

I still have a couple of baby teeth rattling around in the bottom of my jewelery box. BTW, the "babies" are now 27 and 31. Back then the tooth fairy probably left 25-50 cents, if memory serves.



chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 1:03 PM

thanks for sharing, Pat. i think you did a great job with that article.

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 4:16 PM

My daughter gets $5.00 every time she loses a tooth - thanks to her daddy.

We don't do the Tooth Fairy thing, though. She knows the truth and from whom she gets the money!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 3:53 AM

Good Article Pat....with the emphasis on
preserving the child's sense of wonderment

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 7:01 PM

Hey, thanks to all of YOU. You're the ones who actually wrote the column. I just rearranged the words a little. People have really enjoyed the column so again, thanks for sharing your memories.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 8:02 PM

I got a little teary reading about my kids in print. Its one thing for me tell a story but to read about them through another's eyes really moved me.

Thank you.

Lodi

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 8:49 PM

A few years back I got a little juiced and fell asleep on the couch after a party. My denture came out during my coma and I did not realize it until I was in my car in the morning ready to head home. After digging them out of the couch I also managed to get around 40 cents in change. I think it came from the tooth fairy,,,,right? I believe there WAS a fairy of some kind at the party.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3778)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 9:11 PM

If not a fairy, certainly some sort of spirit.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 11:17 PM


Thank you for including Lily in your article. She was thrilled to read it tonight, and to recall the story ten years later. What a fun and interesting article!

Susan


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