My daughter is 9 years old, in 4th Grade and still believes in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. It’s great that she still believes. I think I was in 3rd Grade when I realized that they weren’t real. She’s very headstrong (hmmm, wonder where she gets that from?) and even when the kids at school tease her about her Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy beliefs and tell her they aren’t real, she stands her ground and defends them. Maybe it’s because her mother has always given into her clever little note writing schemes she comes up with prior to the visitation from one of these make-believe characters.
From the time she could write she has always insisted on leaving notes for Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Now, these notes are not just cute, elementary pleasantries. Oh no, these notes are downright interrogations. Some are worse than others. The Tooth Fairy usually gets a full-on questionnaire, while Santa’s note is a bit more laid back. Here is an example (this is from last night, and she commenced with an introductory note, which is not typical):
Hahaha – “your fairy loving friend” – I love that part! She’s just trying to sweeten up the Tooth Fairy so she’ll answer the grueling questions that she’s left for her. I tried to tell her that the Tooth Fairy is so tiny that she probably can’t write. She didn’t go for that. She says, “Come on, she’s magic, she can fly and take kid’s teeth so she has to be able to write.” Here are the questions submitted for the dear little Tooth Fairy:
Luckily, my child sleeps like a rock because now not only do I have to swipe her tooth from under her pillow, but also this note – plus, I have to carefully sneak the fully answered note back under her pillow. And wouldn’t you know it, tonight she woke up when I was grabbing it. She was pretty much in a sleep stupor but still asked, “What are you doing?”. I replied, “Trying to get Percy (her cat) out of your room so the Tooth Fairy isn’t frightened.” Then boom…back to sleep she went. Phew! So, now I get to practice my teeny tiny writing skills. Oh, and let’s not forget the glitter. I can’t remember how that all came about. I guess she figured fairies have their share of fairy dust a.k.a. glitter…and this time she wants it all over her pillow? Um, no…not gonna happen kiddo. The Tooth Fairy checked the “no” box, but did leave a little glitter on the note – cuz she’s sweet like that.
Apparently, my daughter doesn’t believe that the Tooth Fairy’s real name is “Tooth Fairy”. She asks that question every time she leaves her a note and the Tooth Fairy’s answer is always the same – “Tooth Fairy”. I suppose one of these days she’ll give out her real name. I’m thinking “Tiny Flossy” is her real name.
The bottom part of the note was cut off by my scanner but she left a section for “Notes” – so the TF jotted a quick note asking my daughter to please make sure the cat is out of her room when leaving a tooth because he frightens her. Ha! See, I told you so, honey.
I know ya’ll are going to ask, so yes, the TF listed her fairy friends/friends (Santa, Easter Bunny, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Elves, Good Girls & Boys); and, of course, she drew a picture of herself (honestly, she’s so tiny she looks just like a squashed flea).
It is fun to keep playing along with her whims but I wonder how long it will take for her to catch on? Maybe not until she’s sixteen since Mom is so stellar at playing make believe!