Who doesn't have fond memories of losing their first tooth? Well, I don't remember the actual time and place, but I know I was really young. Children grow up thinking that when they lose a tooth, a mystical fairy will come and trade that tooth for money. We tried to rationalize why someone would want to do that by making up stories about how the tooth fairy had a giant castle made of teeth, fully equipped with tooth furniture, because when we thought about it, we realized how silly it seems.
At my elementary school, losing a tooth was a huge deal. If you lost your tooth during school, you got to get out of class and go down to the nurse's office and she would give you a little box for your tooth! Then when you returned to class, you would get your name on the tooth board, a special little white board shaped like a tooth, to let everyone know that you had lost a tooth that day. It was a great honor for a seven-year-old.
I remember when my sister found out there was no tooth fairy. After losing her tooth the day before, she put it under her pillow and woke up to find the tooth still there. She came to me and told me the tooth fairy had forgotten her. I told my parents that they hadn't given her any money and they told me they didn't even know she had lost a tooth! The next night the exchange happened, but now my sister was suspicious. Later that week she was looking for something in my dad's dresser and found her tooth box! What a devastating feeling it is to realize that something you had believed in is not true.
Tomorrow on tooth fairy day, take some time to think about what the tooth fairy has done for you! :)