The other night Axel’s tooth fell out, or rather, Wade yanked it out as usual. This family is not for
the weak hearted. When the children hurt themselves they scream louder when they see their Daddy approaching. Both Wade and his father have the ability to handle pain and they expect the same tolerance from their wives and their offspring
I was so tired that night but forced myself to place the tooth under Axel’s pillow before I fell asleep. I was up late quietly writing on my computer when I heard a soft, velvety whoosh outside my door. The hair rose on the back of my neck and I shuttered at the thought of what it might be. As I very quietly climbed the
stairs I laughed at myself for believing in the impossible. Living with children had really gotten to my head.
Before I reached the top of the stairs something small and irredescent flashed by me. Standing there frozen my suspicions were confirmed. Unable to breathe I stood awash in her colors as she fluttered her wings
hovering in the entrance of each of the boys’ room looking for Axel. She would remain motionless, all but her wings, and then suddenly dart to the next room.
Finding Axel she softly landed on the carpet and there she rose to full height smiling as she watched
him sleeping. I watched her as she extended her long thin fingers to search for the tooth under the pillow. Axel’s head must have been right on it because she seemed to have difficulties reaching it. She carefully picked up a corner of the pillow and slipped a present underneath. At that moment she startled and
suddenly her face was directly in front of mine looking into my eyes with the most beautiful emerald green eyes I had ever seen. We stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity and than she shot out of
the room and down the stairs. Looking down I noticed shimmering dust all over my pajamas.
The next day Axel excitedly flew down the stairs with a paddle racket with a ball attached. In all the excitement, he noticed that his tooth was still under his pillow.
Seeing the tooth fairy has changed my perspective on the world. I can’t go outside at night anymore or
enter a forest without knowing that I am not alone. I keep listening intently in the hopes of hearing the sound of her fluttering wings again and I look for her everywhere.
I hope that she did not get punished for being seen by a human. If I could say something to her I would
thank her for confirming my belief in magic and for giving me the ability to see that there is so much more to life than I had ever imagined.