a rite of passage

when you’re a young parent, life is a series of firsts…first tooth, first step, first day of kindergarten…much to celebrate.

when you’re a parent of teenagers, there are still lots of firsts…first dance, first girlfriend, first dorm room…but it’s not all about firsts.

when you’re a parent of teenagers, you start to experience ‘lasts.’

last night was our last visit from the tooth fairy.

now, no one in my house has actually believed in the tooth fairy in about a decade. in fact, i don’t think the child in question ever believed in her….older brothers are good for some things..bad for others. she’s taken the money, mind you…it’s not really about that though.

i was made aware of the last tooth via text message from the junior high…’i lost my tooth!’ she took it out of a little envelope provided by the school nurse when she got home and, at bedtime, found the tooth fairy pillow that her grandmother bought her when she was two. she tucked the tooth inside and put it under her pillow….just like she’d been doing since she was 6.

i’ve only given more than a dollar for a tooth once. that was when this same child had a tooth knocked out by a softball. i figured the toothfairy might throw in a little extra for pain and suffering. but this morning, sometime in the 6am hour, i dug all the one dollar bills out of my wallet and stuffed them into the pocket of the little pillow. four dollars for the last tooth.

about an hour later when i woke her up…eyes still closed she asked, ‘did the tooth fairy come?’ here is where i admit to a less than stellar record in this department. i’m only batting about .750 as the tooth fairy, so the question was fair enough.

‘i think she did,’ i said.

she reached for the pillow and pulled out the four dollars, ‘i’m gonna miss her,’ she said.

she’s gonna miss you too.


Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm  Comments (9)  

9 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. LOVE it! Congratulations, mom and daughter.

  2. Awwww…so sweet.

  3. Awww! That is so sweet but sad too! Made me a little teary and want to hug my little one. Thank you for sharing Lauren!!! Big hugs for you today!

  4. so precious! thanks for sharing!

  5. Lauren!
    I have 2 boys ages 3 and 1. The 3yr old has decided he wants to be 5 so he can loose his first tooth! I cried when I read your story. So true! With the first child we were contstantly waiting for each milestone even rushing it along so we could check it off in the baby book. With the 2nd we pray for just a little longer before he gets there! They grow so fast I use to think that was just something people say… like when pigs fly but it really is true! Thanks for sharing your story!

  6. Kinda got choked on that one. I usually don’t realize when the last whatever happened. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Aaaww, that’s so sweet. Thanks, Lauren. :0)

  8. Tears in my eyes on this one!

  9. Would love to see more updates on your blog. 🙂

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