The Tooth Fairy (Funny, clean, but not for believing tots.)

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Back in the mid-1980s, the Tooth Fairy lived in Idaho, and we corresponded regularly. Volunteering in a hospice with end-of-lifetime patients and their families and friends, she was a certified grief counselor, holding up the hands of those who were devastated until they could again stand on their own.

There are several stages of grief, and my friend often dressed up as a magic fairy to lead her groups- she said it helped break down the walls people put up- after all, a short, brunette, pudgy, middle aged, freckle faced lady in a shimmering, draped gown with a sparkly halo and a magic wand wasn’t very frightening, and she could often reach people through an “If you could be granted any wish you wanted…” approach.

As months and years of dressing in this getup passed, she became more and more comfortable in it, to the point that she once thoughtlessly scheduled a dental visit right after a Grief Counseling session. She popped into the Dentist’s waiting room, signed in and sat down. She was alone with her tiara and wand until they called her in.

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When her name was called and she went back to the inner sanctum, of course her treatment area was the one at the farthest end of the clinic, and she started to rustle down the way behind the other patients. Then there came rustlings from inside the treatment cubbies, then from every cubicle came thrilled voices calling:
“Mom, Mom! It’s the Tooth Fairy!” as she trotted past.

Thinking quickly, she reached into her pocket and found a tissue- and some change. So at each little treatment area she stopped, gave each child a Tooth Fairy Blessing, knighted the child with her wand and gave a bit of change to each one depending upon the child’s age. With empty pockets but full heart she finally made it, glowing, into her own dentist chair.

“I’ve never had such a wonderful time at the dentist’s in all my life,” she wrote to me later that evening.

® Dayonda 10 Nov 2008

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The Tooth Fairy (Funny, clean, but not for believing tots.)

Dayonda

Joined March 2008

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