Why the Tree of Life?


First Tooth

Kirven lost his first tooth yesterday. As fits his personality, he has been very pensive about the whole thing and very reluctant to discuss anything about his tooth or the tooth fairy. Occasionally, on threat of going to the dentist since I never once saw him wiggling it, he would let me wiggle it.

Yesterday morning, when he was letting me wiggle it, it popped. Kirven jerked his head back in shock and spit his tooth out. Then he retreated within himself for the rest of the morning. Dunagan, on the other hand, was excited for him and all ready to see what all this tooth fairy business was about. Come evening, Kirven was no more ready to deal with his tooth than he had been that morning, so Evan put it in a ziplock bag on the counter.

This morning, it was still sitting there. I told Kirven that the tooth fairy wasn't able to open ziplocks. I have a very small, 2 inch square, Chinese silk pouch that I carry my earrings in when we travel, and I suggested to him that we put his tooth in my pouch in my jewelry box. I told him it is my pouch for special things, and his tooth would be safe in there. Since it only has one snap that the tooth fairy would be able to open and since she would also be able to get in the jewelry box through the keyhole, I thought that we might write the tooth fairy a note explaining that Kirven wanted to keep his tooth for awhile. Rather than shut me out as he had been doing whenever I tried to talk to him about his tooth, Kirven looked at me and said, ok.

So, we put his tooth in the pouch, and I cut a half inch by 4 inch piece of paper for the note. Why are you making it like that? "Think about how small tooth fairies are. It will be a big piece of paper to her! We can roll it up like a scroll."

Kirven giggled when I wrote as tiny as I possibly could:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
Kirven is not
ready to give
you his tooth.
He would
like to keep
it in this
special red
pouch for
now. Mommy
says that you
will understand.
If you really,
really need
it, please let
us know,
and we will
give it to
you. Thank
you for

Then Kirven signed his name, too.

The tooth fairy has written a reply in gold ink and green pencil (my pen ran out of ink because no one likes to put caps back on pens around here) that I will read in the morning with a magnifying glass:

It can be
a scary
thing losing
your first
tooth. Of
course, you
may keep
it as long
as you need.
If you
decide to
put it under
your pillow
we will
the Tooth Fairies


  1. Awww. . . that's too sweet. I can't wait to see how this ends.

  2. This morning, I told Kirven we should make sure that the tooth fairy saw our note and that his tooth was still there. I acted surprised to find two notes in the pouch, and Kirven was very surprised. He studied the note and marveled at how small the writing was. As I read the note, he smiled very sweetly, and Evan said that he continued to smile as I took the pouch back to my jewelry box. So, that's that, I guess. I imagine that we will carefully put all future teeth in that pouch. We'll see.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing such a great story!

    At about Seph's third tooth, she told me she "wasn't ready to let go, yet." We kept it for several weeks, until one day she came down rather upset and told me the tooth fairy had forgotten to check! So I had to explain the fairies need a bit of warning, and don't like surprises.