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And so it’s come to this . . .

“I think it’s like a lot of things about getting older — you have absolutely no imagination that this is actually going to happen to you. You think for quite a while you’re going to be the only person who doesn’t need reading glasses, or the only person who doesn’t go through menopause … and in the end, the only person who isn’t going to die. And then you suddenly are faced with whichever of those things it is, and you can’t believe how unimaginative you have been about what it actually consists of.”
— Nora Ephron on NPR.

Them Facebookers

How about them Facebookers,
Makin’ all that buzz?
Go around postin’
Everything they does.

Postin’ them baby pics,
Postin’ where they be,
Postin that they busy busy,
For all the world to see.

Look at them Facebookers,
They might buy or rent.
And lots of ‘em, they sure are mad,
At they government.

Them hyper-snoopy Facebookers,
Ain’t they berserk?
Loggin’ in an checkin’ stuff,
Even when at work.

How to be a Facebooker?
No need to poke or pat us.
Just gettchyseff online somehow,
And post yourself some status!

Tooth Fairy Letter #5

Over the years, my daughters have had a private correspondence with a very special  . . . um, being.  These are personal and sensitive messages that, until recently, have been secreted in a shoebox under the bed.  We think, perhaps, that enough time has passed.  Please be gentle with them.

Tooth Fairy Letter #5, Found January 23, 2006

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Dear Emma,

Well, it’s been awhile. Do you remember the last time I made a visit? That was way back in September. A lot has happened since then. You are really growing up fast! This is the fifth tooth you’ve lost already. And the sixth one isn’t far behind!

The last letter I wrote to you had to be pretty short because you got to bed at 10:00. This one won’t be much longer. You got to bed at 9:30! But I know that your mom and dad played volleyball last night. So it wasn’t all your fault you got to bed late.

Anyway, awhile back I was beginning to tell you about the secret behind my magic fairy dust. Do you remember the part about how children’s teeth are magical, and I grind them up into a fine powder? But then I also need a special secret ingredient to release the magic. Remember, Emma, that I said it had to do with bees?

Well, this is the secret ingredient—bee pollen! And there are all different kinds depending on the recipe you (or more precisely) the bees make. Do you know what bee pollen is Emma? Do you know where it comes from?

Well, I don’t have time to tell you right now. But unlike everything I’ve told you about the magic, the mystery of bee pollen is not a secret. Just look it up in a book (I know what a good reader you are), or ask your teacher. Your parents probably know too.

Well, until next time, keep being the truly wonderful magical girl that you are. You really are special. You can do anything that you decide to do. All you have to do is try! You are so smart and talented. But another thing that you are is (don’t tell anybody) magic!

Yep. You didn’t even know it did you? Some people have real magic in them. Some don’t. But you do! I can see it! It helps you to do the things that you try to do—even when you are a little afraid to do them! Actually the magic helps you the most when you ARE a little afraid to try something—but you try anyway. I’ll explain more about that next time. It’s time for me to fly.

Sincerely,toothfairy2.jpg
The Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy

P.S. I hope you can start to stay in your own bed soon. I know you really want to. The magic works much better for you when you do. Plus it makes it easier for me to find you and leave you these messages. When you move around, I kind of loose sight of you.

Marriage

If you go into marriage with a program,
you will find that it won’t work.

Successful marriage
is leading innovative lives together,
being open, non-programmed.
It’s a free fall: how you handle
each new thing as it comes along.

As a drop of oil on the sea,
you must float,
using intellect and compassion
to ride the waves. –Joseph Campbell

Tooth Fairy Letter #3

Over the years, my daughters have had a private correspondence with a very special  . . . um, being.  These are personal and sensitive messages that, until recently, have been secreted in a shoebox under the bed.  We think, perhaps, that enough time has passed.  Please be gentle with them.

Tooth Fairy Letter #3, Found September 11, 2005

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Dear Emma,

Congratulations! You finally lost that third tooth! And your first top tooth, too. That’s always fun. Plus now you get to have your second grade picture be special. You’ll have to remember to smile big so the camera can get a good look at that big space in front.

And again you pulled it out yourself! Well sort of. Actually, lots of kids lose their teeth when brushing them. But here is something that I bet you didn’t know: When a child loses a tooth while brushing, it makes the tooth 10 times more magical. That’s because brushing makes healthy teeth. And you remember the three ingredients for powerful magic, right? Age, health, and goodness.

Emma, I just have to say again how much I love you’re teeth. They have such powerful magic already, but since this one was lost while brushing–it’s sure to be supercharged.

Are you keeping my letters, Emma?

I only ask because last time I wrote I told you what I do with the teeth that I collect every night from girls and boys all over the world—grind them up into dust.

But I also said that tooth dust by itself was pretty worthless.

Worthless, that is, until I add another super secret ingredient I get from some special friends of mine. I usually don’t tell anybody this, but I feel like I can tell you because you are giving me such powerfully magical teeth.

Well my special friends are. . .bees.

But not just any bees. A special group of bees. I’d have more time to write but you lost your tooth right before bed–which is another way to make a good tooth more magical—because I get it when it’s still ultra fresh!

Anyway, I’ll tell you more about my special friends next time, but for now, do you think you can guess the secret ingredient?

I’ll give you a hint: It’s very dusty.

Good luck! You’re such a smart girl, you’ll probably figure it out lickety-split. But don’t worry if you don’t. I’ll tell you the next time I write—the next time you lose a tooth. Just keep being the wonderful little girl that you are. You are truly a magical and wonderful child. And I love you very much.

Sincerely,toothfairy2.jpg

The Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy Letter #1

Over the years, my daughters have had a private correspondence with a very special  . . . um, being.  These are personal and sensitive messages that, until recently, have been secreted in a shoebox under the bed.  We think, perhaps, that enough time has passed.  Please be gentle with them.

Tooth Fairy Letter #1, Found December 23, 2004

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Dear Emma,

Congratulations! You finally lost that tooth!

What a relief!  Do you feel any differently now that you’ve lost it?

Like a lot of things growing up, losing a tooth can be a little scary.  For you, I’m sure it probably felt like it took FOR-EV-ER.  When your just a young girl, a lot of things feel like that.  I know that most of your friends have already lost a few teeth. Don’t feel badly because you’ve only lost one so far. There are three things that make teeth special to me—and this tooth has all of them. This is a very magical tooth and I’m glad to have it. Do you want to know what those three things are?

  1. Age:  The older a tooth is, the more time it has had to soak in all of the good magic that you create.
  2. Health:  A good, strong, white, pearly tooth always holds more magic than teeth that are starting to decay.
  3. Goodness:  A tooth from the mouth of a good child always has more powerful magic within.  The kinder the child, the stronger the magic.  You’re a very loving and caring kid, Emma.  So, naturally, your tooth is super-duper strong–and has lots of magic inside of it.

Emma, I’ll explain more about the magic, and what I do with your teeth later (probably next time you lose a tooth), but for now just know that you are a very special girl.  You have within you lots and lots of love.  This means that you also have very special teeth. Magical teeth.  Powerful teeth.

So keep on being that wonderful, unique girl that you are.  Keep taking care of those teeth. I love you very much.  Thank you for letting me have your first tooth.  It will help me to do a lot of good.

Sincerely,toothfairy2.jpg

The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy