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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | The Tooth Fairy Experiment

The Tooth Fairy Experiment

Friday’s blog post about the end of Santa in our household sparked a family discussion about various childhood legends, and Gina confessed to us that she performed an experiment a couple years ago to confirm her suspicions about the tooth fairy.

I did not know this.

Apparently, Gina had been dubious about the tooth fairy phenomenon for some time. I admit, it was partly my fault, because the tooth fairy was rather lackadaisical about her visits. She sometimes “forgot” to show up. “She’s got a busy schedule,” I used to tell my oldest child, Gabbey. “She’ll get around to it eventually!” (And then I would put a sticky note on my own pillow, reminding me to drop off the money before I went to sleep.)

Gina was not so easily fooled.

Apparently, at some point, she lost a tooth and decided to put it under her pillow without telling me or Bob. Days went by, and the tooth remained where she left it, unredeemed.

Gabbey claims she tried to help us out. “I told Gina the tooth fairy was behind schedule!”

I asked Gabbey why she didn’t just let us know the tooth was there, and she shrugged. “It was an experiment.”

After about a week, Gina finally presented the tooth to me and Bob, telling us it had just fallen out. That very night, the tooth vanished and was replaced by some shiny quarters. Gina’s hypothesis was proved correct.

I guess I’m just lucky Gina didn’t take photos as evidence and present this as her school Science Fair Project.

10 Responses to The Tooth Fairy Experiment

  1. I can see my daughter doing this. Amazing.
    Have a great day!

  2. Candyland says:

    Oh man. I feel Lilli may be too smart for the TF too. My dad wants to dress up as Santa for Christmas Eve and surprise her but I have a feeling she’ll know it’s him and be scarred.

  3. salarsenッ says:

    How smart! I’m with Christine. I can so see a few of my kids doing this. Love the Science Fair Project twist. LOL

  4. Linda G. says:

    LOL! That’s brilliant. I love it.

  5. Becca says:

    I did believe in the tooth fairy, but I kind of stopped when I realized that I was never allowed to put my tooth under my pillow. It had to be beside my bed, and then when I started to wake up any time anyone opened my door, I had to tape it to my door. I milked it until the last tooth though. My parents — I mean the “tooth fairy” — always gave me a dollar, even when I accidentally swallowed a tooth.

    I did experiment on the existence of Santa though, very much like what your daughter did.

  6. Lenny Lee* says:

    WHAAAAAAAAT????? theres no tooth fairy????? yikes! oh miss dianne why you didnt tell me to close my eyes on this one like on that santa one. now you got me sooooooo diaspointed. i got a sharks tooth i was gonna put under my pillow just tonight and was hoping i could maybe find some new flippers and snorkle in my bed in the morning. waaaaaa.:( ha ha ha ha! wow ginas pretty smart for sure and she got you guys really good on that experiment. ha ha. that was a fun post!
    …hugs from lenny

  7. Taping the tooth to the outside of the door?!

    Why didn’t I think of that?

    Maybe the tooth fairy wouldn’t have been so unreliable if the tooth had been on the outside of the door! 😉

  8. mshatch says:

    Clever girls. I like them.

  9. Marva Dasef says:

    That’s something my grand-ds would pull on their father, who is totally clueless about tradition and such. Their mom would be on top of it, however.

    WTG Gina!

  10. That’s funny. Kids are a lot smarter sometimes than we give them credit for.