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Amanda Lamb: The Tooth Fairy isn't perfect

Posted May 16, 2010

OK, so the Tooth Fairy isn't perfect. Sometimes she forgets to leave the money. This usually happens after a particularly late night at the computer writing. On one recent occasion I was on the treadmill early in the morning when my youngest daughter came running in with a look of horror on her face.

"Nothing. The Tooth Fairy left me nothing," she said with her little arms crossed over her peace sign pajamas. "No money, no note, nothing," she said again as if I had somehow missed the first declaration.

I froze. It had slipped my mind. I was usually so good at keeping track of important details like this one. I had to think quickly.

"The alarm, Sweetie. Mommy had the alarm on. Not even the Tooth Fairy can come in when the alarm is on," I said crossing my fingers behind my back. "Let me go check. Daddy, just turned it off to go out and get the paper. Maybe she slipped in."

I turned the television in our home gym from news to cartoons and raced upstairs to type a note from the Tooth Fairy on the computer. I slipped that, along with four quarters, and a little gift for good measure, beneath her pillow and ran back downstairs.

"Why don't you go check now." I said casually. She looked at me skeptically and turned to go upstairs. A few minutes later she returned with the note, the quarters, and the small beaded necklace I had gotten for her in the mountains but forgotten to give her.

"Mommy, this is fishy," she said holding her loot in one hand and the note in the other. "Did you do this?"

"Sweetie, it is important to believe in magic," I said trying to artfully change the subject.

"I do, but I think you're trying to cover up for the Tooth Fairy's mistake," she said with total sincerity.

And she was right.

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including one on motherhood called "Smotherhood." Find her here every Monday.



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  • DLG May 17, 2010

    I had almost got caught by my daugther as I was putting money in her pillow. The next day, she even asked me if I was tooth fairy. I tried not to answer the question, but she declared she knows I am the tooth fairy! : )

  • Twittyfan May 17, 2010

    I leave the money in the pillow case or scattered at the edge of the bed on the floor like she caused it to fall out while she was sleeping. i also take the tooth. When she questions me about the tooth fairy santa etc I always say you have to believe and you will recieve think what you want but remember that no matter what your friends say...

  • mwilliams1 May 17, 2010

    I set the alarm on my phone so that I can leave money after the kids are asleep and to remind Mommy after she has long forgtten about the tooth. :-)

  • DWH4sure May 17, 2010

    One time the Tooth Fairy didn't leave anything under my daughter's pillow because Mommy forgot to leave the window cracked, so the Tooth Fairy couldn't get in... :o)

    Now, of course, we have to remember to crack the window each time another tooth is lost!

  • Con Amor luvs u regardless May 17, 2010

    LOL!! Great story!

  • hwyche May 17, 2010

    Who says the tooth fairy is a "she"?

  • NCMOMof3 May 17, 2010

    us "toothfairies" have to think fast. And your particular one is not the only one to fall before the "no tooth fairy is perfect" fate. At our house, however, we did the, "I bet you knocked it right out from under your pillow, did you think to look under your bed?" (knowing that underneath the bed of my boys is a place where all the gold in Ft. Knox can hide and not ever be found) so away we went, me with money in my pocket to convienently drop and the child to hunt. Amazingly, the money the child managed to knock underneath his bed was found and the day was saved

    But YOU have a very smart child on your hands, the coming teen years should be interesting for you

  • Amomoftwo May 17, 2010

    Of all the childhood memories, my girls loved visits from the tooth fairy most! She would leave a trail of fairy dust (glitter) from the window to the pillow before depositing the money under the night, I forgot that the tooth fairy was out of glitter and at 2:00 am had to break open a preschool water globe craft that was filled with glitter to leave the required dusting of fairy tracks...

  • myz123 May 17, 2010

    The tooth fairy at our house may not have forgotten all together but he did forget to get change SO my son luckily received 10.00 for one tooth. Needless to say we have not lived that down yet. So I guess sometimes things just happen and no one is perfect including the Tooth Fairy.

  • smartmomma May 16, 2010

    THAT is a smart little girl. LOL!