Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tooth Fairy Part 2 - Inflation Bump

I know the sequel’s never as good as the first, but I’m going to tell the story anyway.  Sasha lost her second tooth last night on New Year’s Eve.  She really wanted to lose the tooth on Christmas Eve, but I think she would have needed dental surgery to remove it that day.

So her back-up plan was New Year’s Eve.  She’s been working that tooth since before Christmas.  I’ve never seen the girl eat so many carrots and apples.  I’ve been getting status updates on the tooth hourly.  So by New Year’s Eve we were all ready for that thing to come out.

OFFICE - 10AM - NEW YEAR’S EVE

I’m writing.  Sasha bops in for the status update.


SASHA
Look mom, check this out.  

She wiggles her tooth at me.
ME
Getting close.  Do you think it’ll come out today?

SASHA
It’s coming out today.  

Sasha does a headstand on the couch working her tooth with her tongue the whole time.


SASHA (CONT’D)
Wouldn’t that be awesome, for New Year’s Eve?

ME
Awesome.

She bops back out, I’m assuming to eat another carrot.


OFFICE - 10:20AM


That's real blood on her lips.
Vampire Sasha is back.  Blood puddling in her mouth, barely able to speak.


SASHA
It’s out!  It’s out!

ME
That’s a lot of blood!  Did you rip it out?


Sasha nods trying to keep the blood from flowing out of her mouth.

ME (CONT'D)
Go wash your mouth in the sink.

SASHA
(gurgling the blood)
OK.

She bops back out, hand cradling her chin.


OFFICE - 10:30AM

Sasha bops back in again.


SASHA
Check it out!

She juts her jaw forward so I can admire the hole.  She holds out her mini hand with her mini mini tooth.




ME
It’s still bleeding quite a bit.

SASHA
I know.  It tastes yucky.  Do you think it’ll stop before 11?

ME
Are you worried about lunch?

SASHA
Yeah.

ME
Maybe we should delay lunch.

SASHA
Probably.

ME
How much do you think you’re going to get this time?

SASHA
I got five dollars last time.

ME
Yeah, but that was your first tooth.  Usually you get more for that one.  

SASHA
Yeah, but it’s New Year’s Eve.

ME
You have a point there.


MASTER BEDROOM - BEDTIME

For New Year’s Eve we all watched a movie in our room.  The kids’ sleeping bags sprawled on our floor, so we could have a sleepover after the movie.

Sasha readies her tooth in the holder and puts it under her pillow.


ME
Do you think the tooth fairy will be able to find you in here?

SASHA
Of course, Mommy.  She has a magic ball just like Santa.

ME
Oh yeah.  I forgot about that.


DEN - MORNING

The kids are watching cartoons.  Sasha’s walking the balance beam which has been temporarily situated in the middle of our den since Christmas morning.

I make myself comfortable in a chair.


ME
What time did you guys wake up?

Yes, your children will eventually get to the age where you can sleep in longer than them.  It’s taken training though.  They can watch TV, play with the computer or iPad until I wake up.  It’s amazing how quiet they can be to eek out a few more minutes of screen time.


SARK
Oh, Mommy.  I slept in real late.  I got up at 8:30.  Sasha slept in even later than me.  She woke up at 8:45.

Now, I know Sark is gaming it here.  They get an hour max of screen time if I wake up before they have had their hour of electronics.  I really woke up at 8:15 and neither of the kids were still sleeping at my feet.  I just didn’t go downstairs until 9, so hah, I caught ya.  I let it slide though.


ME
Boy.  You guys really slept in late.

Sasha throws her crumpled five dollar bill at me.


ME (CONT’D)
You got five dollars?

SASHA
New Year’s Eve ya know.

ME
I guess you were right.

Sark’s plugged into Minecraft on the iPad.  He tap, taps as he’s talking, doesn’t glance up.


SARK
I betcha it was for inflation.

ME
What do you mean?

SARK
The tooth fairy raised her rates for the new year, it’s 2014 now.

SASHA
I think it was a different tooth fairy.

ME
Why do you think that?

SASHA
Well, last time, the tooth fairy put the money under my pillow, but just left the empty tooth box on the floor. 

SARK
That happened to me twice before.  She just threw the box on the floor. 

SASHA
Plus, she gave me a five dollar bill.  Last time she gave me ones.  AND she put the money in the tooth box this time.

ME
Hmmmmm.  Good points.