“Mommy, my tooth came out!”
Finally. That thing had been dangling in her mouth for days. I smiled at the excitement on Maddie’s face and felt grateful to have witnessed the moment.
“I can’t wait to tell Miss Ashley! Can I call Bama and tell her? When I get to school, I get to hang a tooth on our graph. I can’t wait for the Tooth Fairy to come! I’m going to stay up tonight so I can see her.”
She was so excited.
So when I walked into her bedroom this morning to gently shake her awake, I was dismayed. Maddie was already awake, holding three dollar bills. The disappointment hung in the room like a fog.
“Good morning sweetheart. Did the tooth fairy come?” I asked.
“What’s wrong?” I probed.
Maddie looked down at the money in her hand and shrugged. “I thought I would get more money.”
I didn’t know what to say so I shrugged too. Maddie got out of bed and we began our morning routine, each of us silent in our own disappointment.