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Nearly Blew It!

Posted on 2006.09.10 at 20:21
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: Prince Buster - One Step Beyond
Meret lost her fourth tooth, so last night was the visit from the tooth fairy. Stefanie had a really good idea, which was that in order to encourage her to practice reading, the tooth fairy would leave Meret a series of notes, telling her where to look for the next note, and eventually for her loot. A dental treasure hunt kind of thing.
This afternoon, Meret was showing me the notes, and telling me how cool she thought the whole thing was.
Not thinking it all the way through, I replied “Yeah, your Mom did a really great job with that!” Uh oh!
“You mean the tooth fairy did a great job.” Meret replied firmly.
Trying to recover, I mumbled “Yes, of course, right, the tooth fairy.”
“You must be tired, because you got that mixed up,” Meret said. “That happens to my Mom sometimes, and it happens to you too, I can see.”
Disaster avoided!


metalclarinet at 2006-09-11 04:19 (UTC) (Link)
I guess I was never a big believe in convincing children that Santa Clause, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny or the Great Pumpkin was real and involved in their lives. (What is the lesson: that adults lie?)

That said, I never wanted to debunk a belief instilled by some other kid's parent.

Come to think of it, I'm not a big fan of the Bush administration blaming everything on the boogie man.

mrfares at 2006-09-11 06:21 (UTC) (Link)


I suspect I should start referring to Renee as " an authoritative source" in any situation. That should avoid a similar close call.
theservant at 2006-09-11 12:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: smooooth

Yeah, that might be a good idea. I don't know if I should be disturbed at all by the fact that there seemed to be no hesitancy in her response. Faced with the possibilities that 1) I might have said something accurate or 2) that I am pretty stupid, she went straight for the second one. Oh well.
theservant at 2006-09-11 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
(from Stefanie, mother of said child)
I am not a believer in lying to children, however, Meret's father is. I would much rather Meret know that gifts come from me, or from some other real person. Ideally, I would want her to know that presents reflect her family or friends' thoughtfulness, caring and hard work (and money earned). But her father has nurtured a belief in Santa, the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy and G-d knows who else. I got in trouble with the MA Family Court system because when she asked me (when she was 3) who Santa was, I told her he was "Daddy's imaginary friend." So I make the best of it -- in a few years Meret will realize that the notes came from me and that her gift (DVD of The Electric Company) was Jonathan's idea, and she will know even more how much she is loved.
Sorry if I have gone on too long. Its been a bad day for "co-parenting," and the first comment, although it is a harmless example, reminded me of what I can't control.
starrydesert at 2006-09-12 22:51 (UTC) (Link)
Good save!

I remember when I learned there was no Santa Claus. I was practicing my reading on the back of a package of candy canes and it talked about how leaving them around the house "from Santa" would excite the kids.

::: devastation
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