The Truth Fairy

My daughter, Ruby, is seven years old. She lost a tooth yesterday and before bed last night she asked me:

“Truth or dare?”

“Truth,” I said.

“When I lose a tooth and put it under my pillow for the tooth fairy, is it really you and mommy who come at night and give me money?”

I knew this day would come eventually, but it’s still a shock every time I’m jolted back to the reality that my kid isn’t a baby anymore. She’s a person and her little mind & soul is on its own personal exploration of life, the universe, and everything.

I answered her with the truth. I explained that when I was a kid the tooth fairy brought me money. When my mom was a kid the tooth fairy brought her money. It’s always been that way. But when kids start to get a little older parents let their kids know the secret: the “Tooth Fairy” is really a game we all play because it’s fun, but yes, you’re right, it really is the parents who put the money under the pillow. I think she was really surprised, but she took it well. She still put her tooth under her pillow before bed.

But then I blew it and I forgot to put money under her pillow before I went to bed.

This morning this sticky note was on the fireplace:

Rubys tooth fairy note

I don’t know what this has to do with tabletop-sports, I just thought you guys might like this story. I’ve been smiling about it all morning.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this Paul. I have a 4 1/2 year old and a 1 year old, so I’m sure before I know it they’ll be asking questions like these. Certainly is a great reminder to enjoy our children at every age.

  2. I have a 3-year old.

    Always choose Dare. Always.

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