When my first daughter lost her first tooth, I pulled out all of the stops to bring the tooth fairy to life. After hiding her tooth under her pillow, she found in its place a handwritten glittery note complete with some cash and other trinkets to mark the special occasion. By the time my younger daughter had lost her umpteenth million tooth, she got a fiver handed to her at the breakfast table the next day. Like a lot of parents, after years of playing the tooth fairy, I was kind of over it.
Ray Skwire knows the feeling.
Recently, Skwire's 10-year-old son lost a tooth. The next day, Skwire and his wife realized they hadn't yet left their son Elliott anything from the tooth fairy. Over the course of their text discussion, Skwire jokingly suggested leaving a chore list from the tooth fairy.
Once the idea took root, the Skwires start having a pretty good time with it, with Ray texting ideas for the content while his wife got it all down on the computer. They decided to pen the letter from "The Offices of Tooth and Fairy, LLC in Hygienia Molarville," with a request that their son complete his chores as asked or risk repossession of his teeth.
For the final draft, Skwire added some graphics and borders to make the letter look more legit.
"By leaving your tooth out for one of our Tooth Adjusters, you, the toothee, have entered into a contractual obligation to perform measured work, herein known as Chores," the note reads.
"The most comfortable solution for all three parties involved (Tooth Adjusters, Toothee, and Parental Units) is for you, the toothee, to do your chores as expected, on time, every day," it continues.
The note concludes with a warning for poor young Elliott: "Do not make us come and take your teeth."
Here's the final draft:
It's pretty obvious that the "Parental Units," in question were rolling on the floor with laughter while they were drafting this letter. So how did Elliott feel about it? The soon-to-be fifth-grader was less than amused.
Fortunately, Elliott was laughing about it all within about five minutes, Skwire told ABC News.
"We all have a good sense of humor," he said.