Call me an opportunist or maybe just resourceful or possibly quick on my feet, witty even…When I forgot to put money under Reagan’s pillow in place of her tooth, I took advantage of the current economic climate to cover myself. I’m not even sure she understood what a recession was but I went with it anyway.
You see Reagan accosted me in the hallway about why her tooth was where she put it the night before and her highly anticipated financial windfall was not. I was caught off guard by the inquest because truly I had forgotten all about the ordeal that had ensued the day before. A wiggly tooth became a crisis, with big sister Madison offering or more like threatening to yank it out and little brother Chase, in horror of the dangling and bloody tooth that made his sister cry from panic. It was a long day and the tooth fought hard to stay but inevitably it lost the battle to a sandwich of all things.
So when the trauma was over, with tooth in hand, Reagan was free to plan how she would spend the money she would be getting very soon. In fact all of the kids joined in with ideas of what could be had with this impending financial gain. A piece of candy, a new book, an iPad even?!?!?
So you could imagine her disappointment or rather indignation when after carefully placing her tooth under her pillow, after hardly being able to fall asleep just in case she could catch a glimpse of me or Daddy doing the Tooth Fairy’s job, after counting all of the things she would soon be able to buy…Nada, nothing, zilch the next morning.
She knew exactly who to see, someone had not done their job. And so without missing a beat, when asked how such an atrocity could have occurred, I replied “It’s a recession, the Tooth Fairy has been laid off…”