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THE SLEUTH AND THE TOOTH
By Barbara Sue
Saturday, March 07, 2009

Rated "G" by the Author.

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What a visit from the Tooth Fairy can do..





LAST FRIDAY MY MIDDLE GRANDSON, AGE 9, FINALLY LOST HIS WIGGLEY HANGING TOOTH THAT WAS KNOCKED LOOSE IN A SOCCER GAME.


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. HE THEN PUT IT IN "THE FAIRY JAR" WHICH IS WHAT EACH OF US, IN OUR OWN FAMILIES , HAVE BEEN USING FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF LEAVING A LOST TOOTH AT THE BOTTOM OF THE JAR, TO WAIT FOR THE TOOTH FAIRY TO COME AND CLAIM IT, AND LEAVE SOME SORT OF GIFT IN RETURN FOR THE TOOTH...



"THE TOOTH FAIRY JAR" IS JUST A REGULAR JAR, WHICH EITHER HAS THE WORDS "FOR THE TOOTH FAIRY" ATTACHED TO IT, OR MAYBE JUST DECORATED BY THE LOSERS OF THE LOST TEETH...THE JAR IS THEN FILLED WITH WATER, USUALLY 3/4 FULL, AND THE TOOTH IS PUT INTO THE JAR WHERE IT SINKS TO THE BOOTOM.


.THERE IT LAYS, WAITING FOR THE TOOTH FIARY TO COME, TAKE IT, AND LEAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THE OWNER OF THAT TOOTH.



 WHEN THE TOOTH FIARY COMES SHE USUALLY QUIETLY TAKES THE JAR, EMPTIES OUT THE WATER, TAKES THE TOOTH, AND THEN LEAVES SOME QUARTERS OR MAYBE A DOLLAR BILL IN ITS PLACE.


 IF CHANGE IS LEFT, THE WATER CAN STILL REMAIN IN THE JAR, AND SOMETIMES THE TOOTH FAIRY SPRINKLES SOME FAIRY DUST IN THE WATER, WHICH COULD BE MADE FROM FOOD COLORING DROPS OR MAYBE SOME COLORED STARS, ETC..OR SOME KIND OF SPRINKLES...BUT, IF PAPER MONEY IS LEFT, THE JAR HAS TO BE EMPTIED OUT, OR ONE GETS SOGGY PAPER MONEY...



 WHEN MY GRANDSON AWOKE ON SATURDAY MORNING AND LOOKED TOWARD HIS NIGHT STAND, THE "FAIRY JAR" WAS GONE, AND IN ITS PLACE WAS A WHITE ENVELOPE WITH HIS NAME ON IT..HE WENT RUNNING DOWN STAIRS TO THE KITCHEN WHERE BREAKFAST WAS IN PROCESS...


.MY DAUGHTER, MY SON-IN-LAW, AND THE OTHER 3 KIDS WERE ALREADY AT THE TABLE...HE EXCITEDLY SHOWED THEM THE WHITE ENVELOPE AND READ WHAT THE NOTE INSIDE SAID. "SO SORRY THAT I WAS UNABLE TO COME BY 3 MONTHS AGO WHEN YOU LOST ANOTHER TOOTH AND CLAIM IT, BUT THERE WERE SO MANY LOST TEETH AT THAT TIME, I COULD NOT VISIT ALL, SO PLEASE ENJOY THIS GIFT TO MAKE UP FOR BOTH TEETH" AND IT WAS SIGNED BY THE TOOTH FAIRY..


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OF COURSE EVERONE WAS IMPRESSED, AS THE GIFT WAS A NEW TEN DOLLAR BILL..


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 .AFTER ALL HAD FINISHED THEIR BREAKFAST OF PANCAKES, BACON, EGGS AND TOAST, CEREAL, ETC..A CONSTANT CHATTER WAS KEPT UP BY ALL AT THE TABLE...MY GRANDSON CASUALLY ANNOUNCED THAT THE WRITING ON THE NOTE LOOKED FAMILIAR TO HIM, AND HE WAS GOING TO INVESTIGATE THIS FURTHER.



AFTER BREAKFAST, AND AFTER THE WEEKLY FAMILY CHORE LIST WAS COMPLETED, MY GRANDSON WENT BACK UP TO HIS BEDROOM TO GET HIS SLEUTHING SUPPLIES....


IN HIS SCIENCE CLASS AT SCHOOL, THE TEACHER STARTED A SLEUTH CLASS, TO GET THE KIDS TO READ MORE BOOKS... SHE HAD THEM JOIN A MYSTERY CLUB. WHICH WAS COMPRISED OF BOOKS, USING A 5TH GRADE CLASS OF CHILDREN, AND THEIR SLEUTHING METHODS, TO SOLVE DIFFERENT MYSTERIOUS HAPPENINGS AT THEIR FICTITIOUS SCHOOL... THEIR LEADER WAS THEIR SCIENCE TEACHER.... THE KIDS COLLECTED DNA, WHICH WAS ANYTHING THEY FELT LOOKED LIKE EVIDENCE, USED MICROSCOPES, SLIDES, MAGNIFYING GLASSES,AND MAINLY THEIR IMAGINATION... WHILE COLLECTING THEY LEARNED HOW TO TAKE PERSONAL FINGERPRINTS, DUST FOR THEM, AND MANY MORE INTERESTING BITS OF KNOW HOW TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF SOLVING THE CASE OR THE PRESENT UNEXPLAINED  MYSTERY...


SO, MY MIDDLE GRANDSON, STARTED HIS OWN INVESTIGATION...HE CAME BACK DOWN STAIRS WITH A LOOSE LEAF SIZED PIECE OF PAPER, AND HAD THE WHOLE FAMILY SIGN, AND ALSO PRINT THEIR FULL NAMES ON THE PAPER, INCLUDING MY YOUNGEST GRANDSON, WHO IS 5 AND AUTISTIC...



.THEN BACK UPSTAIRS HE WENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATING..ALL IN ALL, HIS WORK CONTINUED THROUGH LUNCH, DINNER, AND THEN HE ANNOUNCED THAT AT 7PM THAT NIGHT HE WOULD REVEAL HIS FINDINGS..



.THIS WAS REALLY CRACKING UP MY DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY COULDN'T DECIDE WHAT THEIR ANSWERS WOULD BE, WHEN THE FINDINGS WERE REVEALED...CAME, AND ALL WERE GATHERED IN THE LIVING ROOM, WAITING AND TALKING AND GIGGLING BACK AND FORTH...MY MIDDLE GRANDSON APPEARED AND EVERYBODY GOT QUIET.



.HE ANNOUNCED THAT HIS FINDINGS SHOWED THAT THE HAND WRITTING ON THE ENVELOPE WAS HIS DAD'S, THAT THE ENVELOPE WAS FROM HIS MOM'S STATIONARY KIT, AND THAT THE TEN DOLLARS WAS FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY HERSELF, AS MOM AND DAD DIDN'T HAVE ANY NEW FRESH BILLS EVER... SO HE FIGURED THAT THE TOOTH FAIRY SAW ONE OF THE ENVELOPES ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER, BORROWED IT, AND THEN REALIZED THAT SHE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHANGE, AND PULLED OUT A NEW PAPER BILL, AND PUT IT IN THE ENVELOPE.... HER WRITING JUST HAPPENED TO LOOK LIKE DAD'S....SO, CASE CLOSED...



.MY DAUGHTER TOLD ME SHE AND HER HUBBY, JUST LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND TRIED NOT TO LAUGH, BECAUSE MY GRANDSON WAS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. AND SINCE HE HAD GONE TO ALL THAT TROUBLE USING HIS SLEUTING ABILITIES, IT WAS BETTER IF THE CASE STAYED CLOSED....



AS MY GRANDSON TURNED AROUND TOWARDS MY OLDEST GRANDSON(13 YRS) AND MY NEICE (14 YRS) WHO IS THE NEWEST ADOPTED MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY, MY DAUGHTER SAW HIM GRIN AND WINK AT BOTH OF THEM, BEFORE HE WENT TO BRING OUT THE WII GAMES FOR ALL TO PLAY.... THE GRINS ON THEIR FACES TOLD IT ALL....THE TOOTH FAIRY SECRET WAS STILL INTACT.....AT LEAST FOR A FEW MORE YEARS.....



by Barbara Sue,


aka Grandma Baba



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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/7/2009
Cute story; well done, Barbara! :)




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