DeAr TOOth FAIry,
Please Don’t Take My Tooth. I Will Give Money. Leave My Tooth And I Will Get Money Tomorrow.
This is Day I of a typical SCV weekend for a soon to be seven-year-old. We had just come home from a dinner date when our babysitter, Heather R., told us of Samantha’s lost tooth and the note she had helped her write. When Eddie crept into her room he thought it wise to take the note, proving the SCV tooth fairy had been there, and to leave the tooth in it’s little tooth shaped wooden box. But who would have predicted the scene to follow early that next morning? There she was, tears literally streaming down her fat red cheeks, sobbing, barely audible as she choked out the story. The tooth fairy had indeed come into her room last night but “She took my tooth, the box, the note…EVERYTHING.”
One hidden look, but unmistakably blaming, shot to my spouse and he was jumping out of bed to “check”. Of course he found the tooth safely nestled in its box under one of the other pillows in Samantha’s bed. But Samantha still wondered why the tooth fairy had put the tooth back in a different place. That question was quickly quelled by the happiness now restored and the tears suddenly vanished. Isn’t that the way with most children’s emotions? That’s one lucky trick of nature I suppose. Would we ever go out on a night when she had a loose tooth? Or would my husband ever don the requisite pink tights and lace wings again?
Now onto Day II. Cinderella at the Canyon Theatre. Second row center. Dressed to the nines in sleeveless black velvet. Enough red licorice consumed in the lobby to be safely sated for ninety minutes until intermission. Camera ready. A pleasant familiarity with the ticket seller that had doubled as a beautiful fairy in last year’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. And then it happened.
Not more than ten minutes into the production something humorous took place on the stage. My child, my cherub, the silent angel on my right did something outrageous. She GUFFAWED! Loudly! And if that wasn’t enough the heads turned in her direction only made her want to repeat the performance. It wasn’t until the three-year-old, first row, forth seat from the right, pointed out Cinderella’s hiding place, accompanied by her own stage whisper, “THERE SHE IS! CAN’T YOU SEE HER?”, did the heat come off of our side of the theater. Well.
No further adieu. The piece de resistance. Day III was the grand opening of the new sport’s complex, Anti-Gravity. We got there early as we knew it was gonna be a hot one in the old SCV. There were many activities going on for free that day but my child had eyes only for one: Anything that proved to bounce. And they had provided not one but at least three jumpers and one, if you can believe it, trampoline for the kiddies to try out. (If you save your Mighty Signals those are my child’s wild legs in midair caught in photographic memory.)
I’d have to say the defining moment of that day was the “magic trick” she performed, with lots of help, on their trampoline. She was told to lie down on her back within the outlined area, hands and legs held straight and stiff at their sides, with eyes closed. While I watched the instructor banged hard and quick on the space beside Samantha, she was flung into the air, where time sure held still for old mom, and then she was neatly, and quite reassuredly, caught. In the breeze they created I was sure that the stack of signed disclaimers rose up and fell to the same rhythm. To a six-year-old it was indescribable.
She had flown that day. Met Cinderella the day before that. And had completely forgotten about putting her tooth back under the pillow the day after it had been “lost”.
Watching her for what seemed an endless amount of time I fell into conversations with other parents hiding in the tiny bit of shade of one of the jumpers. We reminisced about how jumping, swinging and even riding on a carousel now upset our stomachs. And we weren’t alone in this thinking as no other parents ventured into or onto any of the jumping apparatuses. We were destined to feel old and wonder at the strength we once had at our height, which now we truly believed to be was when we were all six-years-old.