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Being the Tooth Fairy: For People Who Have Never Heard

A unique and repeated event in our culture is the arrival of the “tooth fairy” at our homes. When a child loses his or her first tooth, adults tell the child to wrap the tooth in tissue and place it carefully under their pillow. Then, after the child is asleep, a parent tiptoes into the room, takes the wrapped tooth out from under the pillow, puts a loonie inside the tissue, and then returns it to its place. In the morning, the effort proves worthwhile when the child awakes and comes downstairs, delighted with the coin, eyes alight with wonder at the generous fairy. (103 words; written in May, 2000 by Brad Hyde)

Being the Tooth Fairy: For People Who Know

     Being the tooth fairy is not without its dangers and frustrations. Children continue to lose teeth until they are ten, something I hadn’t considered when I started my occupation. My daughter believed in fairies and Santa for a long time, so eventually it became more and more difficult to make the tooth and loonie switch. One night, she heard me come in and I decided—rashly I learned later—to come clean and let her know that it was indeed her father who provided the shiny coins. That was a big mistake! She burst into tears. I felt awful. The next teeth were much easier, however, as she then deposited them on the kitchen table to be replaced with a dollar coin. (122 words; written in May, 2000 by Brad Hyde)

Written for the Advanced Composition assignment: Writing for an Audience

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