My daughter is in the age where her milk teeth are falling one by one, only to be replaced by the new, strong permanent teeth. This phase of childhood is also synonymous with tooth fairies and fairies for all the odd works which they don’t want their mothers to do.
So when her first tooth fell, she was still not aware of the tooth fairy. Also, I never made any efforts to mention it to her. Slowly, within 3 months time, her 3 teeth fell off … one at home, one at school and one while we were travelling. She was still clueless about the tooth fairy and I did not tell her yet. Her grandparents always asked her whether a rat took away her tooth or did she plant it where she would get a tooth plant very soon.
Though not the tooth fairy, she was aware of fairies. When I got her ears pierced, she was shocked by the pinch she experienced at that time. She thought that her ears have been cut and she was in some sort of trauma for a few days. After two weeks I wanted to remove the studs she was wearing and put other ones. She blanky refused to even touch her ear. That night when she slept, I cautiously changed her studs. In the morning when she noticed the new ones, she was elated. She asked me how come they changed on their own. I simply replied a fairy did it. “Fairy, oh wow, that is so cool!”, she said.
One day while watching Peppa Pig, she came to know about the tooth fairy. Attentively she saw the whole episode and all the steps which Peppa performed to get a shiny coin in place of her tooth. That was the first day she asked me about the tooth fairy. I sat down with her just to understand what she knows about the whole thing.
Four weeks later, her upper incisor started getting loose. This time she was excited and started making plans for what she will do when the tooth fairy comes. One fine day the tooth fell off.
That night before getting into bed, she made sure she took her tooth in her hand and brushed it hard till it was bright and shiny. Then she carefully wiped it and placed it under her pillow. Her excitement was quite visible and she couldn’t sleep. I told her that the fairy will only come when she sleeps. She struggled with her excitement and finally dozed off. In the morning I woke her up for school and shoved the sleepy head into the bathroom. Suddenly, she woke up from her slumber and asked me whether the tooth fairy had visited. I wanted to hide somewhere since I had forgotten that she had placed her tooth under the pillow. I told her that once she brushed her teeth she could go and check and whisked away from there. Quickly I returned with a shiny yellow 5 rupee coin and replaced it with the tooth under her pillow.
After her brushing was done she hopped over to her bed, removed the pillow only to find a 5 rupee coin. Instead of a happy look, she was a little disappointed. “Ma, I think the tooth fairy did not find my tooth shiny enough that is why she has not given me the shiny gold chocolate coin”, she said. I comforted her by saying that the fairy must have got confused, after all, she has to visit many houses. That night, I told her to pray to the fairy, so that she would return with the chocolate coins. Once she dozed off, I carefully placed two chocolate coins under her pillow. Next morning she was really excited to receive the gold chocolate coins.
The happy look made me realise that children are so simple. They are happier with little treats and I want her to be the same. Even when she grows up and understands the value of money, I still want her to follow her heart …
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