The Tooth Fairy

I was just slightly baffled when my little girl presented me with this scantily-clad fairy figurine for my birthday a couple years ago. Obviously, Rebecca thought it was a beautiful piece of brick-a-brack, but my mother had taken her shopping and I really thought Mother had better taste than that. The first thought that went through my mind was, “Surely she didn’t mistake it for an angel?!” But it all became clear when my daughter sweetly asked, “How you like your tooth fairy, Mommy?”

I don’t know why I didn’t recognize the tooth fairy immediately! Now she occupies a place of honor in my bathroom, which is where all scantily-clad figments-of-the-imagination belong!

It reminds me of an incident from my childhood:

I lost a tooth while we lived in the trailer-house on Granddaddy’s property, when I was in first grade. At our house we didn’t put a lost tooth under our pillows for the tooth fairy to find. Instead Mother had us put it in a glass of water on the table. I don’t know if anyone else ever did it that way, or if that was something Mother came up with… but I’m sure it was to help serve as a reminder to the “tooth fairy” to not forget to trade the tooth for some loose change. So I put my lost tooth in the glass of water and I was determined to watch for the tooth fairy and see her when she came.

(Mother says she never tried to make us believe in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus, but we did anyway. I believe her, because I’ve done the same thing with my children. You can explain all you want to, but children are great pretenders and can believe about anything!)

As I was carefully watching the glass with my tooth in it, one of my teenage uncles came in. When Mother explained that I was watching for the tooth fairy he said, “Oh! I saw the tooth fairy flying around outside. You better go outside and see if you see her out there.”

So I did.

And would you believe? The tooth fairy took my tooth while I was outside! I never did see her. And mother and whichever uncle it was declared that they hadn’t seen her either! That tooth fairy. She’s a sneaky sort of character.


  • Hootin' Anni

    Now to me that is NOT tacky at all…it’s a treasure to have forever and ever. Especially since your daughter gave it to you. [my daughter is nearing 40 years of age, and something like that on my table would be beautiful in my heart, still today]

    My show n tell is a Valentine wreath I made this week. I do hope you can drop by for a visit.

  • Constance

    I have a 99 cent angel given to me by my 5 year old grand-daughter. It’s not exactly LLADRO but I wouldn’t trade it for one of those pieces anyway!

    A good friend of mine her daughter recently lost a tooth. When she caught her mother putting money under her pillow, she thought she was THE tooth fairy. Needless to say, she’s scrapbooking that story in the photo album!


  • Dori

    Yea, well, the tooth in a glass sure would have saved THIS tooth fairy when she fogot to make the switch a couple months ago…that’s why Ellie was so upset this time…she was scared the tooth fairy “couldn’t get through her door” again! Rachel, you mother had to keep up with a LOT of little teeth…I’m sure she did it in the glass out of self preservation!

  • pse

    Karla, I think that is the way your mother did it because that is the way her mother did it! Ever hear of that before?

    Love you bunches. The Tooth Fairy

  • Mrs M

    I enjoyed your tooth fairy story!

    I have a couple of tiny ‘brick brack’ like that from my children when they were little and they are very special treasures to have, aren’t they:-)

    I also have saved lots of their early artwork from their toddler days!

  • Farrah

    Cute story, Karla! Aren’t children wonderful? So sweet and innocent!

    One of my interests is fairies, and there is a lot of background behind that interest which I am saving for a future Blinkie Breakdown entry! *winkwink!*

    This meme is so neat, I think I might join it next week! It’ll be fun figuring out what to show and tell!

  • Connie Marie

    I love that story! lol
    AND you reminded me that my parents did the same thing!!!! The tooth in a glass of water. My parents had ten children and by the time the younger ones came along they were wrapping their tooth in tissue and hiding it under their pillows —- harder for Uncle’s to make the big switcheroo that way!

  • TJ

    My parents lost one of my baby teeth that way. Didn’t realize our sitter (who I think was my grandma) had put it in the water, not under the pillow. So when they got home from work at close to midnight, mom dumped out the glass and put it in the dishwasher. Oops! Thanks for sharing.

  • Charlotte

    A tooth fairy – how sweet. I have an interesting tooth fairy story.
    A friend told her young daughter that she would be honest with her. She said, “Honey, I’m the tooth fairy.” The kid said Nooooo. And then she said, “How do you get into all those houses.”

  • Hope

    How can you not love a half-naked tooth fairy when it comes as a gift from your daughter?? LOL I love the story too! I never heard tell of the tooth fairy when I was young! Probably because my parents never had any change to spare! 🙂


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