THE TOOTH FAIRY RULES FOR GRANDMOTHERS (A LEGACY STORY)
I am sure I didn’t understand, to the fullest, the meaning of the Free County Dental Services I was subjected too as a child. Basically it was dental care for the poor people. I guess I had some special problem that warranted a visit to the Free Clinic. I thought the dentist, however, was more interested in my pretty mother than me. I was convinced of it when he took hold of my tooth with some pliers only slightly more sophisticated than those in my dad’s tool box. The dentist grabbed on to my tooth and with great effort he pulled then twisted the tooth out proudly exclaiming “it had the longest roots I have ever seen. Hope her other teeth aren’t like that”. Now I am thinking if it was that hard to get out, did it really need to come out? I had my suspicions and they ruined me for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t darken the door of a dentist again until pain forced me in as a teenager.
But enough about me, this is about my grandson. Now my daughter-in-law had tried to talk him into several options and various people to pull his front tooth. He declined them all. Finally, as we work in the same building, his mom sent me an instant message saying, “It’s time. He’s ready. He might let you pull it because he says “Grandma’s a nurse”. And, I am sure it doesn’t hurt that I am known as the softy of the family.
I went in and he looked like a “deer in the headlights.” I sat down and asked him to show me his tooth. I didn’t reach for him or touch him. He opened his mouth and I could hardly believe it. The incoming tooth was already present and was pushing out the baby tooth. I knew it shouldn’t take much to free it up. Still, I sat and asked him if he wanted me to do it? He said that if I wouldn’t hurt him I could.
I replied I never cause pain when I pull teeth and in addition the Tooth Fairy says I do good work. He was suddenly attentive and cocked his head to the side and said, “You know the Tooth Fairy”.
“Yep, we’ve worked together for quite a few years.” I said. He was duly impressed and of course in our family if Grandma Lady says it, it’s gospel. I once introduced him to the real Santa and his wife at my Christmas party I gave for my clients, staff, and family. He and his siblings thought it amazing Santa would come for me when I asked.
I told him that I was sure I could pull it without pain and could I just touch it? I promised I wouldn’t trick him or anything. Believe me it was ready. I told him and we mutually agreed it was time. I took hold and zip, it was out. He was impressed. He didn’t even know it was gone. There wasn’t much blood and he couldn’t quit laughing.
I returned just a few minutes later with the following letter for him to put under the pillow with his tooth.
I found out later he got $1.50 for his tooth and he felt that was a really good amount. He planned to let me pull the next tooth out but waited too long. While brushing his teeth he knocked out the loose tooth and it went down the bathroom sink drain. He no longer had the tooth so no money. The payment and extra he got for the tooth I pulled confirmed the rumor that you get more bang for your buck if your grandma pulls the tooth.
I was able to get a picture of him after his tooth was pulled and a picture of him reading the letter to Glenda (It really impressed him I knew her first name as he’d never heard it). The picture and a copy of the letter hang in my desk area to remind me that even when I am having a busy day, when you least expect it, you could be called into Grandma duty. And I always love it when I get a chance to let “Grandma Lady” Shine.
So all you grandma’s, remember the legacy of Glenda the Tooth Fairy is to allow the Grandma’s more prestige and involvement with the tooth pulling. After all, any time spent with your grandchildren should be “magical”. Magical legacies rock!