Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Tooth Reaper Makes Housecalls



My day job involves children. I take them to and from school, I tutor, I teach them things like sewing, weaving grapevine wreaths, a little pottery here and there, sarcasm and creative insults. Most days, it's a pretty good gig.

One of my day care moms is awesome. She's been with me for twelve years. The other mom makes me grind my teeth on an almost daily basis, but back to the other one. She and her girls are basically family - I'd do anything for them and vise verse.

Tonight was one of those nights. B (short for Abby) had a loose tooth. She's nine and an absolute FREAK about losing teeth. She'll let the loose ones stay in until they reattach or the new one grows in all wonky next to it. She begs me to help her get it out and then kicks and screams when I try.
Her mom can't pull them because it queases her out. It doesn't bother me so I do it. Last time I had to pull one out, my youngest son made me a scythe out of legos and named me the Tooth Reaper. I tried to talk B into letting me take care of it before she left, but she was having none of it, so it was no surprise when her mom called an hour later. I could have had her bring B back over here but really, I figured I'd save everyone's ear drums and drive over there. Man that kid can scream...

Anyway, the Tooth Reaper made a house call. She came. She conquered. There was screaming, tears and recriminations, but the Tooth Fairy will be making an appearance at B's house tonight. Here's hoping that she wasn't scarred for life. Too much, anyway.

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6 comments:

Amarinda Jones said...

Cripes! You're scary. I thought you were this nice sedate mid west girl...jeeze, you're frightening

Brynn Paulin said...

Yuck

Kelly Kirch said...

Do you drive to Indiana? I'm a quese-myster too. Bleck. I love the nickname though, me. Tooth Reaper sounds so deadly wicked, you practically have to have your own theme music.

Molly Daniels said...

I have one child who rips his teeth out the minute they become loose, and another who lets her new teeth grow in around the loose ones. I'm not the least bit queasy when it comes to pulling other children's teeth! I guess that makes me your Indiana counterpart...

Jennifer Armintrout said...

Oh, oh that's nasty.

Anny Cook said...

When/if you read Daffodil, you'll meet the Pansy the tooth faery--not scary at all.