To catch the tooth fairy

Molly and her seven-year-old friend had a serious issue to discuss: “What does the tooth fairy do with the teeth she collects?”

They came up with various ideas:

  • The tooth fairy eats the teeth.
  • She builds a house made of teeth.
  • She makes teeth necklaces.
  • She squashes the teeth down to make money.

Then the realisation hit them: “The tooth fairy must be really rich if she can bring money to every kid in the world who loses a tooth!”

Soon, a plan emerged. They’ll make a fake tooth out of playdough, they’ll pull the blinds down and pretend to be asleep. When the tooth fairy arrives they’ll catch her and… steal her money to buy sweets and toys!

In preparation for the hunt, they started building a house (out of random trash) where the tooth fairy can live (after they rob her). Their enthusiasm didn’t last too long, though. When Molly pointed out that the toothfairy can’t possibly work on her own, they gave up.

“There’s too many teeth in the world so she must have henchmen! We’d have to build beds for all of her hundred henchmen!” I guess that was too much work for too many henchmen (How did my child learn that word?).

When her friend left, Molly came up with another cunning plan. She wrote a letter to the tooth fairy with one kuna (Croatian money) coin inside, suggesting that the tooth fairy leaves her five in return.

It was so disappointing when she woke up this morning to find out that her letter wasn’t even read! The tooth fairy’s not stupid, she only comes for the teeth.

[This is Molly’s letter to the toothfairy. It’s written in Croatian, with lots of mistakes. (In her defence, Molly doesn’t go to school yet. She taught herself how to write and she’s not a very good or patient teacher.)

Dačutijenukunuamožešmenidatpetkukunu (Dat ću ti jednu kunu, a možeš meni dati pet kuna = I’ll give you one kuna and you can give me five.)]

Luckily, Molly’s tooth’s really wobbly today. I have no doubt she’ll forcefully pull it out by the end of the day, so she’ll have a real bait soon (needless to say, the fake playdough tooth didn’t trick the smart tooth fairy either).

If Molly manages to catch the tooth fairy tonight, she’ll be so rich I’ll never have to buy her any sweets or toys ever.

Or she might sleep through the tooth fairy’s visit so she’ll only receive five kuna in exchange for her tooth. We’ll see. It could go either way.

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