Last week I had to take my little six-year-old daughter to the dentist for a toothache. After the x-rays were taken the dentist said that perhaps the tooth should rather be extracted because the new tooth can be seen clearly in the x-ray and also for various other reasons. There were also a few small things that had to be done too. The dentist also said that usually with small children they go to theater and do it there, but since little one looks so calm perhaps we can try just extracting the tooth without all the drama of going to theater. Needless to say little one was so brave, not even a tear. The dentist kept telling me how she can’t believe it because usually children this age would be crying.
Anyway, that night after little one went to bed, I sat down and wrote her a little letter (from the tooth fairy) in story form about how the little tooth fairies hide in dentists rooms and how they saw what a brave girl she had been and about how the tooth fairy queen was so impressed and she went and told all her fairy friends etc… I printed the letter out in pink lettering, used the Lucinda font, sprinkled glitter and rolled the letter up with money inside and fastened it all together with a ribbon and left t next to her bed side.
The next morning she prods me awake with her finger and says “What’s this, mom,” So I read her the letter/story and acted all amazed at how wonderful the fairies are. I thought my own performance was excellent, but alas, not. A few hours later she came and sat with me and said “you know mom, I know it was you who wrote that letter.” I was going to keep pretending, but I looked into those clever big brown eyes and realized…my little girl is starting to grow up.
Every mom has this moment of realization - she is not a baby or even a toddler anymore… it is both a happy and sad feeling…♥