The first day of school is always exciting.
You get to use your brand-new backpack and lunch box for the very first time.
You get to wear your brand-new clothes that Mom has said “no” to every day since you bought them.
You get to color with those brand-new crayons that have NEVER BEEN USED. They’re not broken or dull, and they even have the little paper wrappers still on them.
You get to see your friends again and have a new classroom and a new teacher and a new routine.
And, if you’re lucky, you lose a tooth moments after you arrive home.
Or at least that’s how Crisana rolls.
As she got ready for bed last night, we had to make preparing for the Tooth Fairy part of the routine. She brought out all the stops: her tooth treasure box, a candle to light the way, and – in case the Tooth Fairy was confused – an explanatory note.
And of course, the Tooth itself, tucked carefully away in the Tooth Treasure Box, awaiting the arrival of the blessed Tooth Fairy.
And in the morning, she discovered a crisp new $1 bill, which she promptly announced she was giving – along with her “2 quarters” (really a dime and a penny) – to church for the children at the Yellow House in Monterrey, Mexico.
Exciting times. In fact, so exciting, she decided to do it all over again…losing another tooth moments before our neighbor arrived to pick her up for school.
And that’s the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.