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?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!
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.
...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?