Thometimes it'th worth the wait!

It has been wobbling for weeks now, maybe even months. The tiniest of movement declared that tooth a "wobbly one". From that moment on, it reserves the right to maintain a constant commentary of .... which foods make it wobble more, which foods make it tickle, how she must eat a certain food so that it won't disturb the wobbly tooth, when the anticipated fall-out date will be, who else in her class has a wobbly tooth, how many teeth each class member has lost to date - and that tally changes daily, how old her teacher was when she lost her first teeth, that Ms. Campbell is allergic to bananas (relevance ?) and a myriad of questions about the specificity of when and under what circumstances it will fall out!  

Despite what Daddy told her - and he knows best cause he's a Dentist - it didn't fall out "by Christmas". How could he be wrong, because "he knows ALL about teeth Mum". That led us into discussions about how nature just happens in it's own time. No one, not even a Dentist or Doctor, can predict when teeth will fall out or when babies will be born. 

We talked about how leaves change colour and fall off trees in Autumn but only when they're ready, how animals migrate with the seasons and birth their babies at the exact time every year but only at the exact moment that is right for them.

We discussed fairies a lot too. How incredible they are to be able to fly and carry a tooth, but more importantly and of greater focus was their ability to carry a heavy coin! I mean, that really IS hard to believe! So, I launched into what little I knew of aerodynamics and related it to all things flying - birds, dragonflies, airplanes etc.... I googled facts and quoted them, examined the design of all winged things, discussed the merits of the tooth fairy flying versus walking, concluded that it was safer for her to fly than walk (dogs, cats, cars etc). We discussed at length the magic of the tooth fairy and Santa knowing exactly where a child is when their tooth fell out. 

You see, we were staying at Kerry's house, on top of a mountain and in the subtropical rainforest, surrounded by mango trees and a banana plantation at the end of the dirt road. "Of course the tooth fairy knows you're here" I would say, when she'd  bend the tooth right back in her mouth. perpendicular to the others! Eek - my stomach would always turn at that moment. 

The tooth fairy lived in the rainforest close to Kerry's house! "We may even find her house if we go for a nature walk, QUIETLY and have our looking eyes on" I would say! 

And that led us into hours of wonderment in nature! 

And look what I found! She really does live in the forest near Kerry's house! 

I have to say, that wobbly tooth was impetus for such rich and rewarding conversations, wonder, and explorations of our mind. It sure was worth the wait for me! 


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