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No substitutions, no exchanges

As I clipped Jack’s toenails (not usually a spectator sport), I noticed Will surreptitiously trying to get ahold of one of the clippings I’d collected.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

Will shrugged and replied, “Well…Tooth Fairy takes toenails, too. Right?”

Believe it or not, I did not see that one coming. “Umm — No. I’m pretty sure Tooth Fairy is only into teeth.”

“But there was that one time when I left her a bead,” Will insisted. “And she took that didn’t she?”

“Yes, but do you remember that she left you kind of a snarky note telling you not to try and trick her again?”

Will sat back on his heels, “Oh…guess I forgot that part.”

I hope to heaven Will loses a baby tooth soon. I don’t think Tooth Fairy’s heart can take any more surprises.


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  1. Raewyn Hewitt says

    You might not have seen it coming – but it may be more universal than you think. My 5 year old recently lost a (whole) toenail after a scooter accident. She also asked if she could leave it for the toenail fairy… I’m really not sure about this new generation, but I suspect Shrek had something to do with it…

  2. jodi says

    Raewyn, I’m glad I’m not the only one with gross children. Wonder what they think the Toenail Fairy would leave in exchange? *shudders*

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