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Dear tooth fairy, I know you’re busy but…

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tooth fairy

Can I ask you a couple of questions, please?

Children. You’ve got to love them. I love how they exude innocence and how they take matters such as losing a tooth VERY SERIOUSLY.

It is a matter of celebration when a tooth, after weeks of wobbliness and to-ing and fro-ing in the mouth, eventually plops onto their little hand.

Celebration because not only does it mean the delivery of 50p or £1 (or whatever the going rate is in your area) in exchange for the discarded tooth, but it means a VIP will be arriving that evening: the tooth fairy.

For both of my children that has meant great excitement. They love the magic of it all (how does she get in? Where does she take the teeth?), but their curiosity gets the better of them.

They – like many children – want to get to know their visitor. So, each time a tooth has been lost, a questionnaire is left for the tooth fairy to fill in – if she’s not too busy, of course.

We’ve had Tiffany visit a couple of times – and last night it was her friend Pepper, aged 7, from Beech Tree. Her favourite food is a peach and she has brown eyes and hair. Her favourite colour is red.

A new fairy to our house! The excitement was so strong you could taste it.

But there is one final question: what do they do with all those teeth?



Written by CommonPeople

October 30, 2009 at 10:27 am

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  1. Jayne, get *with* it, will you?!

    They grind them up to make fairy dust, dontcha know!? *rolls eyes*


    October 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

  2. Hehe! But I was told that they also use the enamel for their bathroom manufacture business. It’s true. It came from a *very* reliable source.


    October 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm

  3. In France it is the tooth mouse, not the fairy. I get horribly confused and call it the tooth monkey, the children despair. They also leave notes, but so great is my guilt at deceiving them (and my fear that the eldest will find out and tell all the others)I’ve stopped answering them. And soon it’s Christmas, oh god, all the secrecy and the guilt….will they ever forgive me??!

    Pig in the kitchen

    November 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm

  4. Hi Pig in the kitchen – I love the cultural differences in folklore. They demonstrate how stories across the world have the same roots, but that each country/people/tribe has adapted them. I know what you mean about the notes, but they are so enchanted by them.

    Once, though, I did rush it and my daughter was aghast to discover the tooth fairy’s handwriting was v similar to my own. “Look,” she said. “She does the ‘t’s and ‘d’s the same as you. Did you write it, mummy?”

    Oh – what a web we weave!


    November 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

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