How To Feel Like Scum at 7:28a.m.

Belly came down to the kitchen this morning and immediately burst into tears. Thinking she may have had a bad dream, I held her and asked her what was wrong.

“The tooth fairy forgot to come last night!”, she wailed.

Ahhhhhhh. . .fuck.

Looking out the window of our kitchen, I saw the snow and came up with this explanation:

Ohhhh, she didn’t forget you! See the snow? It snowed all night, and she can’t fly when her wings are wet!”

The hiccups and sniffles continued as I babbled on about the tooth fairy and her supposed struggles with Mother Nature. About 10 seconds into it all, I thought about revealing the truth (“Mommy is just a forgetful idiot”), but sensed that would be even more upsetting to her right now, so I kept the story going.

Memo to myself: pick up a little something ‘extra’ to tuck in with those two dollars tonight.


  1. SuburbanCorrespondent says

    We’ve used the same excuse (and imagine how lucky we were to get a freak snow in April!).

  2. Whirlwind says

    When Einey lost her first tooth, the tooth fairy forgot 2 nights in a row. So yeah, she got a little something extra.

  3. Oh, do I feel your pain.

    We forgot once with Emily, in perfectly nice weather. So we wrote a poorly-disguised (though it worked for her) note to the effect of, “Dear Emily, Sorry I was late. I had a whole family of sharks to deal with first.” And replaced it during breakfast, so sometime during the day she went to check and feel sorry for herself, and viola!


    The tooth fairy here only leaves one dollar – a gold Sacagawea coin. Emily simultaneously thinks it is the coolest and lamest thing ever.

  4. I’ve been known to distract the kid in question while my husband runs in to stick something under the pillow, then to tell him maybe he didn’t check carefully enough. I’m a devious SOB that way.

    We also wondered whether she might have been on American time instead of Israeli time and so would come during the day….

  5. Blog Antagonist says

    Oh yeah, nothing to make you feel like a crappy mother like forgetting to play tooth fairy. I’ve done it once with each of my kids. And miraculously, we found that the money “fell” between the pillow and the head board.

  6. “Dearest Belly” (in teeny little handwriting on teeny little paper with some glitter sprinkled around) “I am so sorry that I missed getting your tooth last night. I slipped on the ice and fell and sprained my wing.
    The Tooth Fairy.”

  7. Ha! You think you’ve got Tooth Fairy problems… wait till you have to start leaving “I’m disappointed in you notes” from the little sprite. Not to one-up you or anything… but check out my son’s antics this week…

  8. i hope by the time the tooth fairy visits my house annabel is a deeper sleeper. i wake her up just by looking in her doorway.

  9. AnotherMomCreation says

    We forgot once, but hubby slid a dollar into the crook of her bed, while we looked everywhere for it!


    Oh God, I so feel your pain. Once my husband and I did a maneuver worthy of Lucy and Ricky. Realizing we had forgot to do the Tooth Fairy thing, we went into our son’s room just before his alarm goes off. When he woke up he was distracted by my husband being perched on the side of his bed. When he sat up, bewildered, I slid the gift under his pillow and snatched the tooth undetected.

    Months later he discovered my stash of old baby teeth in a little box. Try and figure out how to lie your way out of that one!

  11. Pendullum says

    I did it once… and oh by gosh by golly… did I feel horrible…
    Amazing how how much faith they have in the unbelievable that we can sell them just about anything…

  12. Oh, The Joys says

    OH, NO!!!

    You’ll make it up to her.

  13. Just Seeking says

    Ohhh! I did this once too! I felt HORRIBLE. O lost a tooth on Easter Sunday. With all the hoopla of Easter, we just plain forgot about the Easter bunny. We quickly gave her some song and dance about how the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny must have some how crossed paths and she got confused, etc. It was a lame story, but she bought it. And sure enough, the tooth fairy came the next night—with a little something extra!

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