Thursday, November 6, 2008

Under the Pillow

What is the going rate for a tooth these days? I put in a call to the Tooth Fairy and she has not returned any messages. She must be pretty busy. Nevertheless a tooth has fallen and it must be redeemed. When it was loose, oldest daughter protected it like it was gold, so it must be worth a bunch.

This morning as we were reading scriptures and preparing for our day, the hanging tooth fell out. Finally. With very little provocation. Just as we kept telling oldest daughter it would if she would allow us to help it on its way.

Right now it is tucked securely under oldest daughter's pillow. She insists upon this.

You need to know that it took a little bit of work for that tooth to be the only item under oldest daughter's pillow.
"under the pillow"
is where the greatest treasures are kept.
I don't know why. But this is how I found out: a few months ago I was changing oldest daughter's sheets. I lifted up her pillow and found beads and books. Ponies and pictures. Cards and a camera. I had to pause a moment to understand what all the trinkets were doing there. I couldn't wait to ask her about it. She told me that she keeps these things here to protect them because they are her favorite things.

And she sleeps with them there every night. So, this is how I know it was a chore to prepare the under the pillow space for the precious tooth. And when I returned from my meeting this evening, oldest daughter showed me the tooth. All alone under the pillow. And then she reassured me that all the other treasures had alternate accommodations for the evening. They are resting in the drawer of her night stand. A harder bed for sure, but one with no pressure from above. One thing is certain: I can imagine oldest daughter will have a more comfortable rest with only a tooth to contend with under the pillow.

Once when my older sister and her family spent the night at my house, she was to stay in the bedroom of oldest daughter. My sister questioned me about the trinkets under the pillow. We had forgotten to remove them before their stay. But my older sister, feeling un-adventurous and desirous for a good night's rest, was sensitive to the treasures of a six year old and found a suitable place for those treasures to pass the night. And they were returned to their under the pillow position as soon as she awoke.

When I was in the years of lost teeth, I never put my lost tooth (or anything for that matter) under the pillow. I just put it under a cup on the kitchen windowsill. That way I was sure it wouldn't get lost. (now having witnessed the special under the pillow spot, I know that it is impossible for things to get lost when placed under the pillow.) But, isn't it magic? That cute little fairy creeps in at night and exchanges money for your old tooth. The ones on the windowsill and the ones under the pillow.

So, I imagine the Tooth Fairy will quietly enter oldest daughter's room at any moment and claim that little front tooth. She will be grateful for the relocation of all the other toys, making the tooth the only treasure to be found under the pillow. And she will take that tooth and deposit a little reward.

And then, what does the Tooth Fairy do with those fallen teeth? Does she keep every tooth? Or does she just keep the first tooth a child loses? These are things that I wonder. Into the night.
And if I could,
I would take my little ones
and tuck them all under my pillow.
Because now I know
that's how you protect all your greatest treasures.


Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I miss my boys being young! Not too long ago our youngest son lost one of his teeth. He came in to us and said cough up the cash :)

mom and dad said...

to this day I wish that I could tuck each of you children under my pillow. Thank you for a touching insight to your heart once again. Bless you and all little mothers who have the tender hearts that are so sorely needed today.
laaf mom

Me said...

So Sweet! (I didn't want to ruin the moment with my jabbering)

Mechelle said...

how sweet is that! If only the world's population could have a mother as kindhearted as you, I think we really would have peace on Earth. :)

Shannon said...

Love this story. Makes me wish I had a pillow big enough to keep all my treasures safe forever.

uniquelynat said...

how is it possible that by the end of about 89% of your posts i am crying!!?! (or at least teary-eyed)

Elizabeth said...

I would love to save every little tooth that ever falls out of their precious head, and so far I still have all 4 that the Tooth Fairy has returned to me for "safe keeping". I might have to rethink this idea later on as more and more teeth begin to be lost from each child. I wonder if they will start to stink? At any rate, I have no idea what I will do with them, but they make me cry when I look at tham and how small they are, and how BIG the new ones coming in are.....they grow so fast! I too wish I had a large enough pillow to tuck them under!

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Sweet post! I love it. So was the tooth fairy successful in switching the tooth with money? Was she generous?

One morning long ago we woke to my son crying his heart out. We rushed to his room and were told the tooth fairy took the tooth and forgot to leave the money. Well, we knew the tooth fairy wouldn't do that. We found the money under the sheets. The boy used to wrestle his pillow during sleep and the money got bounced around during the night :-) I miss those days.

Ruth P said...

Steph, that is a great post. I must say that I have kept all of Heidi's little teeth. Scott thinks I am crazy, but I have not been able to "dispose" of them yet because each tooth has a story. And maybe if I keep them, Heidi can stay my little girl a little bit longer...

Kellie Buckner said...

This is such a sweet post! My daughter hides things under her pillows, too, but not as much stuff. Kids are so funny.