true origins of the Tooth Fairy are shrouded in myth, as it should
be. Do we really want to know the origins of this fantastic creature?
That would certainly take a lot of the magic out of the act of
placing your tooth under your pillow and waking up to some good
old cash. But, in order to satisfy your curiosity, I've researched
the subject and come up with the following...
seems that tooth disposal has always been a touchy subject. Back
in the Middle Ages, it was believed that witches could gain control
over you if they had a piece of you - hair, clothing, or teeth
- with which to work their magic. In other times, the teeth were
thrown into the fire so that the person would not have to search
for their baby teeth (or milk teeth) after they died. So, it was
important to properly dispose of teeth.
of the rituals around tooth disposal weren't quite as dark. Some
parents would bury their children's baby teeth in the garden so
new adult teeth would grow in strong and straight. And the Vikings
believed that having a child's tooth was good luck in battle,
so they would often create jewelry from the teeth of children.
tooth disposal has always been surrounded by mystery. And children,
it seems, have always been a little nervous about the loss of
their teeth, especially the first one. So, instead of doing all
of my research on the Internet, I decided to go straight to the
source and interview the Tooth Fairy herself. Over the course
of a lazy afternoon, and many cups of honeysuckle tea (her favorite),
I "extracted" the story of the Tooth Fairy...
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the Tooth Fairy Got Her Job
ago (as you would have guessed), there were six magical fairies
in the world - the Blue, Brown, Grey, Green, Gold, and White fairies.
At the time, they did not know what their jobs would be, so they
decided to have a competition to decide who would do which job.
first competition was to see who would be the Fairy of the Water.
The Water Fairy would be the first Fairy who could dive down to
the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean and bring back a single
pearl. All of the fairies gave it their best effort, but only
the Blue Fairy was able to swim hard enough and strong enough
to bring back the pearl. The Blue Fairy was now the Water Fairy,
and she was in charge of all the seas, lakes, and rivers of the
of the other fairies were excited for the new Water Fairy, but
nervous about the rest of the competition. All of them wanted
an important job, and wanted to do well. The next competition
was to see who would be the Wind Fairy.
this contest, the rest of the fairies - Brown, Grey, Green, Gold,
and White - would race around the world as fast as they could
fly. The winner would be the Wind Fairy. Again, all of the fairies
did their best, but the Grey Fairy was by far the fastest and
strongest flyer. The Grey Fairy won, and became the Wind Fairy,
and she was in charge of the winds and clouds, as well as the
the Brown, Green, Gold, and White fairies were all getting very
nervous. The next competition was to see who would be the Land
Fairy. For this contest, the remaining fairies would dig into
the earth to find a diamond. The first to find a diamond would
be the Land Fairy.
contest was very close, but the Brown Fairy was the strongest,
and the best digger of all the fairies. The Brown Fairy became
the Land Fairy, and was in charge of all the rocks and mountains
and caves on the earth.
to only three fairies - the Green, Gold, and White - things were
getting very tense. The next competition was for who would be
the Plant Fairy. The contest was to see who could plant a seed
and make it grow the quickest. All three fairies planted their
seeds, but the Green Fairy coaxed her plant to grow first, and
she became the Plant Fairy. Her job was to make sure the earth
was always covered with trees and flowers and grass.
just the Gold and White fairies left, all the other fairies were
cheering them on for the final competition, which was to see who
would be the Animal Fairy. The winner would be in charge of taking
care of all the animals on the earth and helping them when they
were in need. For this contest, they needed to coax a very skittish
deer to come with them to the middle of the Fairy Village and
Gold Fairy had the best luck with animals, and she soon had a
lovely little doe laying down in the middle of the Fairy Village
while she stroked behind her ear. The Gold Fairy was given the
job of Animal Fairy, leaving the White Fairy without a job.
the White Fairy didn't know what to do. She was in tears while
the other fairies tried to console her. They did their best, but
no matter what they said, she felt like she had no use in the
Fairy World. So she decided to leave the Fairy Village against
the other fairies' wishes.
long after leaving the Fairy Village, she came upon a human village.
This was the first time she had ever seen people, and she was
amazed at how big they were and how large their houses needed
to be. In fact, she could easily sneak into their houses to "spy"
on the people she found so fascinating.
was particularly fond of a young human girl name Jessica. Jessica
was about 6 years old, and she was the apple of her parent's eyes.
She always listened, was never rude, and she was cute as a button.
And she had the most beautiful little teeth the White Fairy had
ever seen. They sparkled in the sun when she smiled, and they
made the White Fairy feel good to be alive, even if she didn't
have a job.
day, as the White Fairy was watching little Jessica, she suddenly
cried out and ran to her mother. "Mommy, my tooth is loose.
Am I going to lose all of my teeth? I'm scared," cried Jessica.
mother tried to calm her down by saying, "Don't worry honey.
It's just your baby teeth. They are supposed to come out to make
room for your new adult teeth." But Jessica didn't want to
lose her beautiful little baby teeth because she was nervous.
And so was the White Fairy because fairies never lose their teeth.
after a few more days of wiggling her tooth with her tongue, the
tooth came out while she was eating dinner. Jessica was devastated
as she looked at her little tooth sitting on her dinner plate.
"Oh what am I going to do? I love my little teeth. They look
like perfect little pearls."
mother tried to console her by saying, "Well, why don't you
save your teeth in a little box. That way, you'll never really
lose them." Jessica's father had made a tiny little wooden
box for his match sticks, and he gave this to Jessica for her
made Jessica feel a little better, and it made the White Fairy
very curious. She would love to get a closer look at the tooth.
So, she decided to wait until Jessica was asleep and look in the
for the White Fairy, when Jessica went to bed, she put her tooth
box under her pillow to keep it safe. But since the White Fairy
was very small and very quick, she knew she could sneak under
Jessica's pillow and pull out the tooth box to get a look at Jessica's
beautiful little baby tooth.
the White Fairy pulled the tooth box open, she couldn't believe
her eyes. Jessica's baby tooth was the most beautiful thing she
had ever seen. It was more beautiful than the pearl the Blue Fairy
pulled from the bottom of the ocean. It was more beautiful than
the diamond the Brown Fairy had dug from the earth. She just had
to have it.
being a good fairy, the White Fairy knew she would have to leave
something in return for the tooth. So, using a little fairy magic,
she dipped into her fairy bank and pulled out a gold coin to put
in place of Jessica's tooth. And, she left the following note:
don't know me, but I'm the White Fairy and I've been watching
you for a while now. I think you have the most beautiful smile,
and when I saw your tooth in the tooth box, I knew I just had
to have it. So, hopefully, this gold coin will be enough for
will be using your tooth to build my fairy castle, and thanks
to you, I think I have a job. I'm going to go around to all
the young children who have lost their baby teeth, and if they
put their tooth under their pillow, I will take their teeth
for my castle and give them some money in return.
you could spread the word to all your young friends, I'll make
sure and visit them when they lose their teeth.
next morning, Jessica awoke and went to check on her tooth. Instead,
she found the gold coin and the note. She couldn't believe that
a fairy had visited her in the night, and had loved her tooth
as much as she did. And she was very excited about the gold coin
and the note. After she told her mother and father, she went out
and told all the children in her village.
there, the word quickly spread about the Tooth Fairy. And she
has been busy - and happy with her new job - ever since.