Monday, October 4, 2010

Why the Tooth Fairy lives at the North Pole

My daughter recently lost her fourth baby tooth, so she and the Tooth Fairy have become very close friends. 

While I was tucking her in to bed -- with her tooth safely placed under her pillow for the tooth fairy pick-up -- she was full of anticipation and questions. 
Darling Daughter:  How big is the tooth fairy?

Momma:  I don't know.  I've never seen her.

Darling Daughter:  Well, how does she get in the house? 

Momma:  I don't know.

Darling Daughter:  She must be pretty small.  But if she's so small, how does she bring all that money with her?  And where does the money come from?

Momma:  I don't know.  What do you think she does?

Darling Daughter:  I know!  Santa Claus!

Momma:  Santa Claus?

Darling Daughter:  Yeah!  Santa gives her the money.  So -- she must be an elf.  Because elves are small. She must live up at the North Pole with Santa.  Yeah. 

Momma:  ....that would make sense.  Good night sweetie. 
Hmmm... I never thought of using one childhood myth to explain another.  Clearly, Santa Claus is the king of the childhood myths, so if anyone can help out the Tooth Fairy -- it's Santa! 

...I wonder how this will unravel. 

I personally have mixed feelings about childhood myths.  I don't want to lie to my kids, but I also don't want to rob them of beautiful childhood traditions.  So, I've taken a "middle way." I let my children decide what they want to believe.  If they want to believe in the myths, then I will support them -- but I don't embellish the tales.  My daughter currently relishes the myths of Santa Claus, the Easter bunny and the Tooth Fairy, so I'm along for the ride.  What is your take on these childhood myths and your "investment" in them?


alessandra said...

The bare truth.

That One Mom said...

I tell my kids as long as they "believe" Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy will keep coming. I don't say it's true or untrue. I let them decide for themselves.

Booyah's Momma said...

I'm all for embracing the innocence of childhood while it lasts. I remember when my older sister told me there was no such thing as Santa Claus, and I was absolutely devastated. I figure they'll find out soon enough, but until then, I go along with it.

Bloggin in PA said...

thats really interesting. I never thought of it (I dont have kids yet). Personally I never felt lied to when I found out the truth from my parents. Maybe I suspected all along though?

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