Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dental Correspondence

Madison lost her fifth baby tooth last weekend, it had been wiggling for a couple of days and she finally pulled it out herself. At some point she mentioned that someone in her class gets books and small toys from the Tooth Fairy - instead of money - and said she was interested in exploring a similar redefinition of this key relationship.

We encouraged her to write a short letter to formalize the request, maybe provide a little context on this most recent escapee. As soon as I saw the letter I knew I would have to post it. Briefly considered cleaning up the typos but couldn't bring myself to change her text. One of the standing objectives here, after all - in addition to trashing Microsoft ads - is preserving these kinds of small moments with a certain degree of authenticity.

I did take the additional step of clarifying a few key words that may be difficult to decipher, my contributions appear in brackets.

Here is the letter, exactly as it was hand-written on five pages of lined paper:

My tooth

Dear, tooth fairy

Yestr day I was

wigling my tooth

It got verey lose

I waned it to come

out but I still had

to go on the bus

so I cudnt pull it

out but wheen I

got home I wiggld

it a lot but it

still dint come out

evin at night it

woudnt come out

I was geting

frusradt aftr are

move (movie) ended I

went up stars and

gradd (grabbed) a tishuw and

jently trid to

pull it out but

it wodnt buj

a bit.

So this morning

I lookd in the

meara and it

was so lose

that I cudnt

stand not pulling

it out so I

did and it felt

so good the end.

And by the way I

have a qweshins

that I have bian (been)

waning to ask you.

1 - do you like to read?

2 - do you feel lonly some times?

3 - is there fareys all over the world?

4 - how do you get undr my pillow with out waking me up?

5 - do you have a casal (castle) of teeth?

Plese rithe back

can I have a

supr cool captr (chapter) book

abowt your land

and as a little surprise

can I have a little

book abowt fall

for my sistr




Blogger jodi said...

What did the tooth fairy decide?

7:20 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

And isn't it nice she wants a book for her sister? Loved the spelling of budge (buj) -

8:16 AM  
Blogger Dad said...

The Tooth Fairy now carries books.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

What a neat idea!

I loved her letter and am so happy you didn't change her spelling. It keeps is genuine.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Marissa said...

What a great idea!!!

My oldest is about to lose her first tooth and we have been discussing the going rate for a tooth. I think a book is just about perfect...

I love that she asked for a gift for her sister. So very sweet!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the most adorable letters I've ever read. What a sweet child to ask for a book for her sister. Please let us know what the tooth fairy decides to do for Madison.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I LOVE that she asked the tooth fairy to "rithe" back. That made me laugh out loud. This letter is so cute! Definitely something to keep forever. And thanks for the book idea. I'm going to use that when my kids (once they exist) lose their teeth. And the fact that she asked for a book for her sister...would any adult have thought of that? How precious.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Heather of the EO said...

Big grin on my face the whole letter. BUJ got a big guffaw out of me. What a sweet little lady, wanting something for her sister (but only little) and wanting to know if the tooth fairy ever gets lonely! What a beautiful heart!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Gini said...

I think that is the most awesome letter from a child that I have ever read. How adorable!

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so sweet! and I love that the tooth fairy now carries books, and she asked for a book about fall (the season?!) for her sister... adorable.

Eric Mueller - - "Books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime :)"

1:05 AM  
Blogger lu-n-am said...

Castles made of teeth! That is the cutest thing I have read in a long time~
When I was younger growing up in France, it was always a little "mouse" that would collect my teeth and leave me a little gift under my pillow, and it would always leave me a little note back. I didnt discover the tooth fairie until i came to the US.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, that's soo adorable. Changing the text would've been horrible. It's so cute as it. I smell something to give her in 20 years.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Julie said...


3:54 PM  
Blogger Karlette said...

Oh my god this was the cutest letter I have read.

How absolutely huggable they are both your kids?


9:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is adorable!! What a sweetie. I had my own personal toothfairy when I was growing up, and she (aka, my dad), used to write me letters about her plans for my teeth. I loved the letters even more than I loved the money! Sounds like this would work really well for your daughter, too!

11:52 AM  
Blogger StaceyBurke said...

i got teary-eyed about her asking if the tooth fairy got lonely and then asking for a present also for her sister. what a kind, compassionate child you are raising! i loved reading your letter. thank you for sharing it.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Sugee Andersyn said...

lol that is awesome :) that sure made me smile. it wouldn't buj a bit. that's classic. and the teeth castle, that's gotta be a sight.

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so cute!By the way,
I recently started a link sharing community for parents, I was wondering if you would like to submit your link (or any other links you like) so that people who have joined the community can get to know your blog?

Thank you very much.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh..that´s so cute!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Am I allowed to demand a follow-up post? One in which you post a scan of the 5 pages? After all, a picture is worth 5 pages of words. ;)

Recommending books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime. ;)

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Ms Jolie said...

Years ago, long before the land of came into existance in the heart of my son, he wrote a poem "The Day After Christmas" - for a school project, grade 6. It was 5 verses and rhymed! It was delightful and really clever. And made this mother's heart swell with pride.

Dad, I can easily imagine how you feel because my son's poem (now framed on my wall where my grown up son can now read his 'art'!) has a special place in my heart just as your little girls writing has in yours... and fortunately in the heart of all of us.

I believe children teach us to love and your little girl's poem, generous heart, and compassion is exactly what we all need as a reminder of what is really important. Love. Simply love.

10:29 PM  

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