You know that feeling you get when you remember something that should have done but didn’t and the person who you wanted to do it for is about to find what it is you forgot to do?
That happened this morning.
On Sunday, Kinsey lost her first tooth. While we were sitting in the grandstand during the church service at Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant.
She was very excited. The most excited I’ve ever seen her during church. Of course at church during Old Threshers you get to do things like drink your morning Diet Pepsi and wear your brand new Nike Iowa State t-shirt with the cool new logo. So I was pretty happy too.
Anyway, its amazing how small baby teeth really are. They don’t look that small when they are still in someone’s mouth. But when you’re holding it right there in your palm its pretty damn small. Stunningly small. Not as small as Sally Quinn’s perspective in the Washington Post on working moms like Sarah Palin, but more like Spud Webb in the ’86 slam dunk contest. Small but powerful enough to cause problems.
So we get home Monday and Kinsey puts the tooth under pillow. But first she wraps it up in a small tissue because she likes to put her hands under the pillow at night and she doesn’t want to lose the tooth. After all, if it is lost she isn’t getting any loot from the tooth fairy.
Riley has already figured out the tooth fairy scam but she’s playing along for Kinsey’s sake.
But we forgot. Tooth fairy dropped the ball.
Kinsey shrugs it off and puts it under her pillow again last night. I walk into her room this morning flip the light on and tell her and the other girls its time to get up to go to school. And that’s when it hit me.
HOLY CRAP! We forgot. Again.
I quickly, and when I say quickly I mean not quickly, sauntered into my room and grabbed a couple quarters and moseyed my way back into the girl’s room in desperate hopes to get the quarters under the pillow. I’m thinking to myself, man, I can’t believe I’m going to get away with this. We totally blew it. Again. But they aren’t really up yet and I can sneak it right under there.
I turn the corner and Kinsey is unwrapping the neatly wrapped tooth tissue.
Damn. This must be how Tom Brady felt last February after he hit Randy Moss with that late touchdown only to watch David Tyree come up with the “helmet catch.”
“Hey…its still here. Why isn’t this working?”
“Oh geez, I don’t know Kinz.”
Then like Stonewall Jackson emerging from the trees in the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 to route the federal troops, Rye chimes in with a perfectly executed assist.
“Hey Kinsey, I bet that since school just started the tooth fairy is really busy cause all these kids are going back to school and losing teeth. So maybe she’s just a little behind.”
“Yeah, Kinsey I bet that’s what happened.”
I didn’t really follow the logic but Kinsey seemed to buy it. So naturally I felt the need to seal the deal. I know what you’re thinking. Don’t pull a Mitch Williams and blow it by laying out a nice fastball for Joe Carter.
“You know Kinsey I wonder if the tooth fairy really did come but she just didn’t see your tooth because its all wrapped up in that tissue? Maybe she just didn’t see it?”
“Yeah…she was so busy that she was really hurrying and just didn’t see it because she was going so fast to get to all the kids.”
“Right. I think you nailed it Kinsey.”
“I think the tooth fairy needs to give Santa a call and use his reindeer because Santa is just way better at this than she is.”