October 04, 2021 4 min read
My children have always loved the idea of the tooth fairy – A magical little person with wings that flies to their bedside in the night and makes all that tooth wobbling worth it with a letter and a shiny coin.
The tooth fairy seems to reinforce the idea that losing a tooth is a real childhood milestone moment and makes the whole thing bizarrely exciting.
It’s nice to get on board when they’re that excited!
So, a few years ago now, I started writing letters from the tooth fairy, to leave by their bed with their shiny coin every time they lost a tooth.
And the letters had an interesting side effect. They loved the letters *from* the tooth fairy so much, that they wanted to write letter *to* the tooth fairy in return.
Writing to the Tooth Fairy is such a lovely exercise. It really doesn’t seem to matter how many letters they write, they never seem run out of questions for him or her.
From “What’s your name?” and “Where do the Tooth Fairies live?”, to “What do tooth Fairies do with the teeth?”.
Before they could write their own letters properly, they used to tell me what they wanted to know and I’d write for them. Then we had those few wonderful years when they appeared downstairs with ready-written letters. All beautifully coloured and decorated.
But there are a couple of problems with being Tooth Fairy for the night:
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