The following is by contributor Robin Zipporah of The Not Ever Still Life.
It was just a few weeks ago. On the night of her fifth birthday, just before bedtime, our oldest child let out a startled shriek. I thought I knew what had surprised her but I went upstairs to check.
I found her in her bedroom staring at the parcel dangling from the ceiling. She had received her registration packet – she was successfully signed up with the Tooth Fairy Network.
Per the instructions in the packet, this was what I read to her:
The Tooth Fairy Network
Greetings!! Congratulations on your registration with the Tooth Fairy Network. We look forward to doing business with you in the coming years.
The Tooth Fairy Network is an ancient establishment. For as long as children have been losing teeth, we fairies have been gathering them and taking them back to our home.** This tradition is a sacred one, as it represents the special bond between children and the world of magic.
Do you believe in magic? Do you believe in fairies and pixies and gnomes and elves? In sprites and unicorns and the possibility that there is more to this world than what we can see?
Your local Tooth Fairy hopes that you believe in the arc of her flight from our home to your pillow, and the trail of fairy dust that glistens faintly like dew, if only you’re looking. There is no contractual obligation to believe, but she hopes that her ongoing visits will keep your heart and mind open to the world’s sparkles and possibilities for many years to come.
image via TheKilens
You will leave your tooth somewhere accessible once it falls out. There is no need to make specific arrangements; your Tooth Fairy will know when to visit. She will visit your home after you fall asleep, and will collect your tooth. If you’ve been brushing your teeth and behaving well, she will exchange your tooth for a prize.
The fairies collect all the world’s children’s teeth and we save them. We save them for hundreds and thousands of years, and when they are so old they might crumple to pieces, we use them to make our fairy dust. (Unfortunately, we cannot disclose further details. It’s proprietary.)
Your tooth will be marked with your name and the date it left your mouth. Teeth are stored in bins arranged by year and country of collection. We find a wide geographic blend produces the most peppy fairy dust.
And one day, far, far in the future, your tooth will be blended into the sparkles that catch another child’s eye, that make him believe in the possibility that there is more to this world than what we can see. In that way, our work carries on to the next generations of children, and you are a part of it. We thank you for your participation.
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**Please note: in some families, parents may make alternate arrangements if they wish to retain their children’s teeth for sentimental purposes. They may barter for their children’s teeth by agreeing to volunteer for moonbeam bottling, sunflower pollen gathering or dew spreading. Arrangements must be made in advance of the Tooth Fairy’s visit.
Has the Tooth Fairy visited your house? Do you have any traditions for losing teeth? How does your family celebrate this milestone?