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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 #2

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 #2, Found May 28, 2005

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Dear Emma,

Congratulations! You finally lost that second tooth!

And you pulled it out yourself this time! That was very brave.  Wow!  I guess you don’t need anybody (like your teacher) to bump into you anymore. You can take care of this stuff yourself.

Emma, it sure is taking a long time for me to get them, but I just love your teeth!!  I’m so excited!  They have such powerful magic in them!   They are SO worth the wait.  By the time I get them, your teeth are literally overflowing with sparkling powerful magic!

I know I left some (sparkly) money for you, but because I’m getting so much from you with each tooth, I still feel like I owe you something.  They are just so valuable.  You don’t need to tell anybody this, but just one of your teeth has as much magic as 10 of the teeth I normally collect from kids.

So . . .

Can you keep a secret?

Remember what I told you last time about what makes a tooth magical? Age, Health, and Goodness? Well your teeth are so magical because they are high in all three of these things.

Keep up the good work!

And now for the secret . . .

Let me tell you a little bit about what I do with the teeth I get.

A lot of people get confused about this. Some people think I use them like bricks and build magical white castles (snicker).  Some people think I collect them in jars and just save them (he he).  Well (ahem), I don’t do either of those things.

(Where do people get these crazy ideas?)

Want to know what I really do with them?

I grind them up.

Yep.  I know.  Maybe that sounds strange.  But it’s true.  I grind them up into a really fine powder.

Actually I grind them up so much that I make a light powdery dust.

Tooth dust.

It’s really pretty cool.  But that’s not the coolest part.  Tooth dust by itself is . . . well, to be honest–it’s worthless.  It’s worthless, that is, until I add another special secret ingredient that I get from some friends of mine.

I’m running out of room here, so I’ll just say that the two ingredients alone don’t really do much.  But when mixed together . . . WOWY ZOWY and PRESTO!

MAGIC FAIRY DUST!

If you’re a good secret keeper, I’ll tell you the other ingredient next time. But for now, just keep being the wonderful little girl that you are. You are truly a magical, wonderful child. And I love you.

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

Sheila Harsdorf vs The Boogeyman

“If I could give three words of advice, they would be ‘tell the truth.’ If I got three more words, I’d add: ‘All the time.’ –Randy Pausch, in, The Last Lecture

Here’s the thing we have to remember: Politicians use language.  They search for phrases that will resonate hypnotically within us.  Good political phrases are like gold to politicians, because with them, they can frame the issues and easily influence us.

Take the phrase, “Tax Relief”, for example.  President Bush’s team came up with that one and he made magic every time he used it.  Why?  It totally frames the issue of taxes.  In order for there to be “relief” there has to be an affliction.  It’s a perfect frame.  That one little phrase influenced the way millions of Americans thought about taxes.  Instantly “Taxes” became an “affliction” for which we all needed “relief.”  We haven’t been able to have an intelligent discussion about taxes since

Over the past few months, we’ve heard Harsdorf and Walker refer to the “Special Interests” involved in the recalls, hoping that voters wouldn’t think about who that really is.

It’s a strategy that allows Harsdorf to appear to be protecting tax-payers (who need relief) from something scary — kind of like the boogeyman.  It’s a fear Harsdorf wants you to have.  She needs there to be a “special interests” boogeyman so she can protect you from it.

But remember when you were young, and you thought the boogeyman was in your closet? Remember how foolish you felt when your mom turned on the light and it was just a lump of dirty clothes?

Unlike our moms, Harsdorf wants to keep us in the dark—and very much afraid. That boogeyman she’s calling “special interests”?  Yeah, those “special interests” are the teachers at your school, organizing food drive competitions between classes two weeks before Thanksgiving.  It’s the non-profit broadband provider, WiscNet, bringing affordable internet access to your libraries, public schools and universities.  They’re the police, firefighters, snowplow and ambulance drivers keeping us safe.  It’s the dad across the street, ashamed because his kids’ clothes are too small.  You know these people.

While collecting signatures to recall Harsdorf in my hometown earlier this spring, I was often confronted by angry Harsdorf supporters.  Repeatedly, I was asked where I came from and how much I was getting paid.  They didn’t believe me when I said I was from St. Croix Falls, and was paid nothing. When I told them I was a teacher, many called me a freeloader—or worse.

It shocked me.

Upon reflection, however, it makes perfect sense.  These angry Harsdorf supporters believe and trust her.  They were afraid.  And I was the boogeyman.  My hope is that enough people will turn on the light and begin to wonder—if Harsdorf isn’t telling the truth about special interests, what else is she lying about?

Do you know what you don’t know?

I love to end the year with my students by studying Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. It’s a unit about personal growth, and change, and challenges, and transformation, and death and rebirth . . . and maturing.

In the early stages of the Journey we typically see “the hero” as naive. We define that as often not even being aware of what one doesn’t know.

Or, in other words: You don’t even know what you don’t know.

Which, as it turns out, describes most of us quite well I guess.


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Dear Ford Credit: Don’t make my wife angry . . .

. . .You won’t like her when she’s angry.

May 23, 2011

Customer Service Center
Ford Credit
P.O. Box 542000
Omaha, NE 68154-8000

Dear Customer Service Center:

I am so disappointed in your service! My husband and I bought a Ford Escape in 2001.
It was financed through your credit department. We paid off the loan in January of
2006. I do not have, in my files, a record of your response to our paying off the loan, so
when I sold the car on May 7th, I requested that your department send to me a copy of
the “No Interest Letter.”

I never received that letter. For some reason, I did not get the fax, which I was told
was successful. For some reason, I did not get the letter via the mail either. I called
multiple times and was told not to bother calling again until 10 days had passed since I
placed my request. So, I waited. On May 21st, I placed another call to Ford Credit and
was assured by a specialist by the name of Don, that he would place an urgent request
to fax and mail another copy of this letter to me. I was unable to stay home today to
make sure that the fax was received properly….so, for some reason ( and this may be
my fax malfunctioning), I did not get the fax…..again. So, now, I must wait for 2 days
for the letter to be mailed. And, I should not call again until the 10th day if I don’t
receive it in the mail! In the mean time, the gentleman who purchased the car from me
CANNOT drive it! This does not sit well with him. (Believe it or not, this does affect
your reputation as a car manufacturer!)

My question to you is…is this an efficient way of doing business in 2011? We have
access to immediate information at our fingertips with the internet. Cell phones can surf
the web…there is texting…emails….but Ford Credit requires 2 DAYS to put something
into the mail? ARE YOU KIDDDING ME? I like your vehicles, but your customer
service department sorely needs an update!

A very frustrated customer,

Lisa Wondra