Dear Tooth Fairy,
I thought I should warn you. I think your days are numbered. My six year old son, Snags, doesn’t seem to believe in you anymore. I don’t know why the sudden turn of events. Perhaps you didn’t leave him enough money last week when he lost his fourth tooth?
Or maybe it’s not really a turn of events at all. For a good year or two before he ever lost his first tooth he would argue with me, claiming there was no such thing as a tooth fairy. I wanted him to be a kid and benefit from the lie that there is such a thing, so I insisted he was wrong, that there was a tooth fairy. His dentist backed me up. She’s into lies like that. But looking back, maybe I should have caved then, admitted the truth, and saved myself some money.
Witness this conversation a few nights ago:
Snags: Mom, tell me the truth. Is there really a tooth fairy?
Me: (Indignant tone) Of course there is! (thinking, SHIT! Where is your father, now?) Why would you ask that?
Snags: Well, I think it’s really you and dad leaving me money.
Me: (Bewildered tone) Why would we do that?
Snags: Because you want to give me money? I think you get up in the middle of the night and give me money.
Me: Snags! Think about it. I don’t like to get up in the MORNING. I’m certainly not going to get up in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT to give you money!
Snags: Maybe dad does it.
Me: No, I’m sure he doesn’t. And besides, your friends Zane and Nicholas and Megan all lost teeth recently and they said the tooth fairy left them money too.
Snags: Maybe it was their parents leaving the money.
Me: (trying to confuse the issue) Well I certainly wouldn’t get up in the middle of the night to let their parents into our house!
Snags: I know there isn’t a tooth fairy because Mrs. V. told us when the tooth fairy leaves you money it’s really your parents doing it.
Me: (thinking “his Kindergarten teacher said WHAT?!”) Why would she say that? She LIED to you.
Snags: Well… she didn’t say that. I just said that to get you to admit there isn’t a tooth fairy. That’s okay. I believe in the tooth fairy anyway.
So anyway, as you can see, Snags is just on this side of belief. Or disbelief. I’m not sure. But it’s a knife-edge, and he’s wobbling. He wants the money, that much is obvious. But it’s also obvious that he doesn’t care who gives it to him. So long as he gets it.