I was away for three nights on my first ‘girls’ holiday’ for eight years when my eldest’s first tooth fell out. I was gutted and the Tooth Fairy’s visit was delayed a night. When she did visit, she felt guilty to have missed this first milestone and pushed the boat out with a special handwritten scroll, a personalised bracelet from Mallorca and a couple of quid.
For the second tooth, the Tooth Fairy only remembered after midnight and wasn’t particularly discreet and then for the third tooth, she did remember her visit and to leave the money late Saturday night (well after wine o’clock had started), but forgot to take the tooth away until her husband mentioned it. Luckily tooth number four fell out two days after number three so that went a little smoother.
I mentioned my rookie Tooth Fairy mistake on Facebook (the leaving the money but not taking the tooth episode) and it appears this fairy isn’t alone.
Tooth Fairy bloopers
“At least you realised, our tooth fairy came twice last time and then not until after breakfast this time. Although amazingly the £1 fell out of Jim’s* pyjamas!”
“Tooth Fairies are delinquent – this is a fact
3) confused about day and night
4) illiterate – especially when they have been drinking
I have found that setting the children’s expectations very low about what, when and how this fairy operates has been a very good thing!!!”
“Jane’s* tooth came out at my parent’s house last night, whilst we were away….the tooth fairy (male aged 67ish) remembered at 4 a.m. but then dropped the tooth on the way out of the room for Jane to step on in the morning….!!! This was one out of practise tooth fairy.”
“Our tooth fairy has left a few notes explaining why she couldn’t come on a particular night (the one where it was raining too hard for her wings to fly created a lot of sympathy). Receiving the notes has been more exciting than the money!”
“Our tooth fairy was late when she was helping Father Christmas out….apparently they are related!”
I think children have fairly high expectations about the Tooth Fairy, but fairies have increasingly busy lives and have a lot on their plates. I think we should forgive them any little indiscretions and salute their quick, creative thinking.
By the way, Fairydoorz do some great items specifically for Tooth Fairies if you are going the whole hog.