Holding Onto A Belief in Faeries


It finally happened. After months of anticipation, complaints to the dentist, and impatient aggravation while listening to her friends tell stories of the riches they had received, my daughter finally lost her first tooth a few weeks ago.

It was a relief to all. There was no real concern about her oral maturity but I had gotten tired of listening to her whine about it. She had convinced herself sometime last winter that her tooth was loose, refusing to believe otherwise despite all evidence to the contrary. A day of celebration  and endless picture taking ended with a successful extraction of the cast off skeletal remains from under her pillow, two dollars carefully inserted in it’s place. Another rite of childhood had been passed.


still believing?


We didn’t have to wait nearly as long for the second tooth. We should have, but we didn’t. Instead I woke up to be greeted by a bloody faced ghoul, the gap in the center of her nightmarish grin now twice as wide. She claimed  to have not used any foreign objects to facilitate it’s removal but I could swear that tooth wasn’t loose the day before. I’m since moved my toolbox to a higher shelf in the basement.

Two more dollars were placed under her pillow, eventually added to a small Frozen purse that alarmingly may now have more money in it than my own wallet. My concerns that her original chompers might outlast her belief in the Tooth Fairy alleviated.



It’s a belief that I’ll confess to having conflicting feelings about. Last Christmas I had to come up with some very elaborate ( OK, overly elaborate ) stories about Santa Claus and the tools that he uses to deliver toys and fight the forces of evil in order to satisfy her questions. There was sadness, melancholy about how quickly childhood innocence fades, but also a little bit of pride. I secretly liked the fact that my five year old was intelligent enough to begin wondering about the reality of a jolly old fat guy flying around the entire world in a single sleigh over the course of a night.

Now, obviously fairies make a lot more sense than St Nick. Along with ghosts, dragons, extra-terrestrials, and non-obnoxious Yankees fans, I’m not willing to completely discount their existence just because I’ve never personally seen one and I don’t want her to either.

I would have liked to have seen a bit more skepticism on her part though, at least some attempt at a rudimentary trap set. I can understand not wanting to upset a little creature that is gong to be bringing you money, but I can’t help but wonder where the line is between believing in magic and just being gullible.



44 thoughts on “Holding Onto A Belief in Faeries”

  1. I think kids wise up a lot quicker than we give them credit for, but I think they’re even wiser in the fact they don’t give it away. Though I can’t recall my age, I remember disbelieving in Santa very early on, but I also remember not wanting to say it to my parents in case they skimped on the presents that year! Just like your daughters tooth ‘miraculously’ coming loose overnight… I think Kids are very crafty things! Haha. Great post 🙂

  2. Enjoy the belief in magic/gullibility while it lasts. It doesn’t last long. I think mine stopped believing around seven. Long before the last tooth fell out. By nine it was boys and an iPhone 5. At fifteen it’s test results, more boys, a Samsung Galaxy 8, and how much money I’m going to give her to go clubbing this weekend.
    I can’t help feeling that if she’d just believed in the tooth fairy and Santa for a little longer, the world would be a better place.

    1. we also have a 17 year old EJ, so I know what the future holds. I think you may be right, that probably would make things a lot better

  3. Oh the dreaded Tooth Fairy. Take my word and never write a letter from the Tooth Fairy. Mine once wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy so then I had to spend ages constructing a teeny, tiny letter in reply. I was not happy when they developed quite the pen pal friendship. I had to come with an elaborate reason for why she couldn’t write anymore….Oldest wasn’t happy :-/ Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrolocs

  4. We have the story on the tooth fairy — there are lots of them. When we get a wiggler, I alert them via email. When it really falls or is yanked out by brute force, I let her know and she sends someone our way. My two are 6 and 9, and it is still going strong. It’s like the Polar Express – if you hear it he will come. Great post, Jeremy! #FridayFrolics

  5. My seven year old believes EVERYTHING.
    My oldest…eh. When she was four we told her the story of Noah’s Arc. She basically debunked all of Christianity right there in the living room. Didnt add up in her mind. To this day we call her Carly Darwin.


    1. Mine believes in God for now, but the version of Him that she talks about is a bit different than what I remember from church. She likes to makes stuff up and then forget that she was the one that made it up, believing with absolute sincerity.

  6. Oh no I’m so scared of these days arriving and me mucking it up. I found myself even get tongue tied over Santa last year. Ooops. Agree with you that Fairies seem much more believable. They live in the woods don’t they? ;p

    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS
    Hope you come back soon.

  7. At two dollars a pop, I would still believe in the tooth fairy! I know there’s inflation and exchange rates at play here, but I got a 20 cent (Australian) coin for each of my teeth.
    Be prepared for that little fairy to stick around right up until the last money-maker falls out! #ThatFridayLinky

  8. Well, she’s under the age of 10 so we’ll just say she’s still in the magic believing section of life. If she’s ripping out teeth at 11 in order to bump her allowance, you may need to have a chat with her 😉 #ThatFridayLinky

  9. Can’t we keep the belief forever, part of the joy of kids fab read mate as usual top notch Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

    1. It something that she had been talking about for months now. I’m glad that now that a few have fallen out she seems to be all set for now

  10. My eldest son (whos 11) caught me red handed in his room trying to extract the wrapped up tooth from under his pillow. He opened his eyes, I stood stock still hoping that he would not really see me and fall back asleep….he stared wide eyed at me, considered his options (i wear he did) and smiled, closed his eyes and lifted his head a bit. He’ll do anything for a pound that one, including pretending to believe in the tooth fairy at his age:)

  11. My eldest son is adamant 2 of his teeth are wobbly and they will be coming out TODAY. I hear this on a daily basis. He freaks me out when he tries to wobble them against each other. Meanwhile, the middle son has just lost his 3rd tooth – he looks very…. toothless! Congrats on the first teeth being lost – big milestone in anyone’s household! Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next time!

  12. Ahh my eldest lost his first tooth last year and the tooth fairy visited. Thankfully he was more interested in the money she left rather than the actual fairy itself! Your daughter does sound like a clever cookie, mine hasn’t started questioning santa yet! #KCACOLS

  13. I so hope that she didn’t aid in the second tooth’s removal. Yikes!! LOL. So… what do the fairies do with the teeth? LOL. I read a post on this one a couple weeks past… be ready! Answers from building their castles… gross, to grinding up to make fairy dust… whatcha gonna go with? #HappyNowLinkUp

    1. I’m going to have to have something prepared for that. I don’t hate the castle idea, I think she’d get a kick out of that

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