Friday, November 7th, 2008
Night 3: Tooth Fairy Deception
Read yesterday’s post before proceeding with this article.
My daughter remains convinced she can trick the Tooth Fairy. Yesterday she changed tactics, telling me she was going to give the Tooth Fairy a gift and then the fairy will want to give her one too.
Here is her wrapped present:
Yes, that’s right, she wrapped the Nerds candy boxes in scratch paper. Those pencil scribbles you see are a previous practice session where she was writing “Mama” and “Pop.” That’s not writing pushed by us. She enjoys writing words she knows.
Oh, and if you’re reading the printing on that paper and wondering if Rock & Mineral Hunt is a good Christmas gift… well… only if you have an 8-year-old and only if you want to buy a bag filled with dirt and rocks. Well, more like fine silica you’d never want to inhale and rocks. And it was discontinued years ago.
But all of that is lost on my daughter. She simply saw the sheet as white paper that will make the gift look like a tooth. Her idea. Truly, she goes to her craft cart and I let her work up a storm.
Fast forward to the evening… The Tooth Fairy decided to reciprocate with a whopper of a gift box… 16″x12″x8″.
Unfortunately, the Tooth Fairy is eco-conscious and doesn’t actually own wrapping paper. Rather than use an easily identified material such as newspaper or a paper grocery bag, the Fairy contributed to the death of another tree by using white laser printer paper taped together.
Each page was adorned with Treble Clef Fairy clipart from Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse. Except the Treble Clef Fairy’s musical banner was replaced with one that proclaimed, “Tooth Fairy.”
Getting such a large box into your daughter’s bed is not an easy task when she’s in the bottom of a bunk bed (low ceiling) and you have to remove stuffed animals first.
I wanted to place her pillow on top of the box, but she woke up each time I tried to steal the pillow. I waited 30 minutes after each attempt, but gave up after the third try.
So… What’s in the box? Shake it. Hmm, there’s definitely something moving around in there. It’s very light. Let’s see…
The Tooth Fairy gave my daughter back her wrapped box. Oh, look, there’s a note too. What does it say?
I’ll post an update with her reaction later this morning. I hope I don’t crush her spirit. The big gift box looks pretty tantalizing in person.
If this Tooth Fairy stuff persists through the weekend, I’ll solicit your opinion on ways the Tooth Fairy should respond to what comes next.
I totally blew it! I left the orange construction paper I used for
the note in our family room, complete with the telltale zigzag cut
edges. My daughter’s reaction after coming into the room:
“Oh, this is the paper the Tooth Fairy uses.”
Save! It’s apparently logical that the Tooth Fairy would raid our home
for pen, paper and scissors when writing her a note. I can see why
Santa Claus has endured even in homes that don’t have fireplaces.
And now, here’s what happened first thing in the morning:
Daughter: [bursting open our door] “Look what the Tooth Fairy left me! I found a big box in my bed!”
Mother: “Where did you find it?”
“It was on Naomi.”
“How do you know it’s not for Naomi?”
“Naomi’s just a doll, Mama.”
“Look, there’s a picture of the Tooth Fairy on it.”
“What does the flag say that she’s carrying?”
“It says Tooth Fairy.”
“Oh, well, how do you know it’s not addressed to the Tooth Fairy and she just forgot it?”
“No, it’s for me. It’s a package because I gave her a package.” [She rips open the box] “Look!” [She lifts up her white package from inside the box]
Mother: “Is that all?”
Daughter: [Large exhale, a combination of confused mirth and muddled disappointment] “There’s another note.”
“What does it say?”
[Daughter reads it.]
Mother: “It looks like she tricked you back.”
Daughter: [Sits quietly.]
Mother: “What do you think?”
Daughter: “I have an idea!” [pause] “I should write a note about what’s in my
box so she knows what’s in it. I should write there’s a tooth in there.”
Yes, as she explained it to me, the Tooth Fairy will suddenly realize this box has a tooth inside, give her a gift, and then take the box back to wherever it is she stores her massive tooth collection. I guess, at that point, it’s too late for the Fairy because she’s been snookered.
Okay, so… How do you suggest I respond tonight?
Update: See part 3 to this story.