Friday, May 18, 2012

All new correspondances with the Tooth Fairy


Dear E,

Goodness, another one! Sorry for the delay; our sensors are good at detecting freshly-lost teeth under pillows, but not so good at detecting older ones. How long have you been holding onto this one? Clearly you did not want to part with it, but of course I’ll leave it here for you to keep, as always, along with these coins. Such a small container to fit everything in!

I saw on my way in that you’ve built a cardboard canon. My fruit bat says you could put an eye out with that, but I’m confident you’ll be careful. Unlike teeth, you know you only get two eyeballs TOTAL during your whole life. Did you know that when all of your adult teeth are in, you will have 32 of them? Not to mention your 20 deciduous teeth. That’s 52 in all! A year’s worth of weeks! A deck of cards! Can you think of other well-known 52s? (Hint: count the keys on your piano—the ones that are named after elephant teeth. And think about letters from a to Z…)

Keep on brushing! And floss a little more often, OK?
Love, as always,

P.S. By the way, do you know what deciduous means? Look it up. And while you’re at it, look up desiccated, since that’s what this particular tooth is, and why it took so long for it to show up on our radar.

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