Maddie’s two front teeth have been very loose for some time. They got knocked loose back in July while playing with her cousin. The teeth would jiggle and wobble a bit more with each passing week. The dentist said the teeth were going to fall out sooner rather than later, so Maddie and I have talked a lot about loose teeth and new teeth and the Tooth Fairy.
The left tooth turned grey and then turned white again. August passed, then September, then October…. The tooth would teeter precariously when we brushed her teeth at night. Sometimes when Maddie was eating, my husband and I would cringe as we watched the tooth shift oddly in her mouth. I mean, this tooth was ready.
So, when I got an email at work the other day that said, “Mrs. Murphy, the daycare called. It is not an emergency. They would like to speak to you about Maddie. Please call them,” I knew.
“The tooth,” I thought to myself. I excused myself from the meeting and called the daycare. Sure enough, another child accidentally bumped Maddie in the mouth, and the tooth came out. My heart sank. I wasn’t there. Maddie’s tooth finally came out, and I wasn’t there. There was probably some blood, and I wasn’t there. She was probably a little scared, and I wasn’t there. She probably cried, and I wasn’t there.
I couldn’t wait to get out of work that day. I couldn’t wait to see her new smile!
That evening, we tucked Maddie’s tooth in her special holder and slipped it under her pillow. Maddie was sure she wasn’t going to be able to sleep; she was so excited that the Tooth Fairy was coming!
As the story goes, the next morning Maddie came downstairs in her pajamas and bed head, holding her treasure behind her back. The Tooth Fairy had wrapped some money in a pretty pink bow. I guess she knew it was a really special occasion! Maddie sat on the couch and carefully opened the bow. She counted her money. “One, two, three….”, Maddie’s eyes grew wide, “four, five! Five dollars!” My mom told me Maddie was so happy. I wasn’t there. I will write about it in her keepsake book, but I wasn’t there. I can imagine Maddie growing wide-eyed as the dollar bills piled up on her lap. I can only imagine it because I wasn’t there.
I hate that I missed it. I don’t know why my school district doesn’t allow for “Tooth Fairy Days” in our benefit package.