I feel like I owe an apology to all the parents in Sarah's class.
I have just added one more thing to their Tooth Fairy to-do lists by perpetuating the latest in Tooth Fairy lore.
Apparently, according to Jennifer's daughter Caity (who is almost 9 and is an expert on such things), if you leave a glass of water out for the tooth fairy she will drink it and the water will turn whatever color she is.
When Caity told us this last year, I said to myself, there's no way I'm playing along with that.
But then Caity lost a tooth and her tooth fairy was red and then her brother lost a tooth and his tooth fairy was blue. And I knew by how excited Peter and Sarah were with the whole thing that once again, I would be eating my words.
Peter has lost three teeth and has yet to think about leaving out the glass of water but last night as we were placing Sarah's tooth under her pillow she declares, "I want to know what color my tooth fairy is. Get a glass of water!"
And then Peter excitedly joins in, "Yeah, yeah! Get a glass of water Mom."
Is it not enough that I have to remember to constantly have a wallet full of singles just in case one of the kids happens to lose a tooth? Now I am also supposed to remember to put some food coloring in a glass of water while I'm trying to slide said singles under their the pillow without waking them?
I tried to talk her out of it but she had her mind made up. So we left a glass of water out and the kids went to bed wondering what color Sarah's tooth fairy would be.
Before I went to bed, I placed three gold $1 coins under her pillow and remembered to remove the tooth. And then I placed a couple of drops of blue food coloring and a couple of drops of red food coloring in the glass. I thought a purple tooth fairy would be nice.
Imagine my surprise when woke Sarah up this morning and turned on her light to see what color the tooth fairy was.
Apparently I got too much food coloring in the glass.
My husband, knowing I was going for purple, snickered a little and said, "Hmmm...apparently the tooth fairy is black!"
Sarah looked confused for a moment. I'm sure she was thinking that fairies should be pales yellow, light blue or a delicate shade of pink. But then she shrugged her shoulders as if to say, "whatever".
And I thought to myself, well, if our President is black, it only stands to reason that the Tooth Fairy is black too!