On the day before Christmas vacation, Nora came home telling all about her exciting day. There was a party, she got a stocking filled with goodies from her classmates, they all sang carols in the gym, and she discovered her first wiggly tooth. I totally forgot how long it took from the first wiggle to its ejection. I expected a couple of days. Nope. We wondered if the tooth fairy would have to hitch a ride on the sleigh with Santa. Nope. Maybe Friday at story time. Nope. Maybe this weekend. Nope. Seriously, it seemed to take forever: long enough for grandpa to tease her with a pair of giant rusty pliers! That little tooth hung on for a long time sitting there on the gum right next to a perfectly nice "teenager" tooth ready to make its debut. So, I wasn't very surprised this morning when, while brushing my own teeth, I heard:
"Nora, It's time to wake up now."
"Blah, I don't want to! (pause) (pause) AHHHHH! The most exciting thing just happened !"
So, after long last and much excitement indeed, her little tooth is nestled in the pocket of the tooth fairy pillow that was once mine. This was not my idea. I was all ready to sew or more likely felt a special pillow of her own when she asked if it would be okay if she could use mine. It used to sit on a shelf and has since been tucked away for well over a year. How did she remember that it even existed?! My heart melted. She knew it was special to me and wanted to share it. The pillow was made by my Aunt Barbara in 1983. (Thank you for labeling it!) I'm so glad that I had the foresight to keep irreplaceable handmade gifts like this sweet pillow and that Nora shares my value of treasuring creativity.
Tooth Fairy, Tooth Fairy
Please be kind
In this pocket
My tooth you'll find
Take it out and
Leave for me
A nickle, a dime, or
Our evening concluded with One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey for a bedtime story. It's my personal favorite about loosing a tooth... literally. Oh, Nora's expression when little Sal ("Is she the one who picks blueberries with her mother?") can't find her tooth among the muddy pebbles while clamming with her father! Her whole body stiffened, and there was a glint of a tear in her eye, but she kept her composure. After all, Nora is a big girl... big enough to lose a tooth!