Sunday, 21 October 2012

Nothing but the tooth

 

 

My daughter has a wobbly tooth and so do all her school friends. So, once again, I find myself making little Tooth Fairy friends - felt molars, with faces and accessories, and a little pocket on the back for those tiny little milk teeth. And of course, there's room for a shiny coin from that generous fairy.

 
You wouldn't believe the pickle I get into over characters like the Tooth Fairy and Father Christmas. Honesty is all in my world. And I'm also a terrible cynic. But I have gone along with the big 'lies' of childhood because something (Conformity? Tradition? My mom?) tells me I should. But I'm just dreading that moment when the penny drops and my once innocent child looks at me, all betrayed, and vows never to believe another word I say. I've spent way too long imagining this exact scenario. Their little brains working, their big hearts breaking....here I go again.
 
I should just stop over thinking this right now and busy myself with something. I have loads to do. Father Christmas will be here before I know it!
 
 

6 comments:

  1. I had this dilemma for a while. But, but, but... these aren't *lies*. They're stories. You wouldn't stop your kids from reading fairy tales, or Harry Potter would you? Well the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are just oral tradition stories. And by passing them on to our kids, we show that stories are engaging and hold magic. And I think we also show them that sometimes the things they hope for and wish to be true *can* be, even if not in quite the way they might actually have imagined. Not a lie, but a story that is realised for them, so that they participate in the magic of childhood. If we don't pass these stories on, what are we telling our children? That the world is dull and austere and those people who see magic in everyday events are deluded? That's a vision I decided I didn't want for my children, so they get visited by the Tooth Fairy and by Santa Claus. In fact, in my household, everyone who's here on Christmas Eve gets visited by Santa Claus. Because it's fun!

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    1. You are right Flylilypad, so right. I just needed reminding. I love stories. My children love stories. They can be great fun or achingly traumatic (I'll save those ones til the kids get older!) Fiction can teach us so much about the world and also let us escape our own world a little, which isn't a bad thing. In future, whenever I get the 'fear' about these make believe characters, I'll try and remember your response. Thanks.

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  2. Love these tooth fairy friends! I agree with Flylilypad we need these stories....and your kids will still believe you (and love you more) for the stories you told and magic you created.

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    1. Ah thanks Madeline. I do just over-think things (everything) at times. I'll work on that! Time to get planning some magical Christmas moments....

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  3. Lili has already arrived at that conclusion...when she found the teeth in a small box in my bedroom! She has promised not to breathe a word to the smallest one...yet!

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  4. Ceri, that made me go and double check the place I've stored our teeth. Still there and undisturbed. Think Scout will probably guess the truth before Sonny even though she's two years younger. He just wants to believe so badly. Mind you, Lils may not have told Lula but I bet she's told some of her mates at school. They're probably taking bets as to who can keep it up longest - and keep getting the cash!

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