Knuckles the Tooth Fairy
Here is another story I told Mandy awhile back.
Mandy began losing her baby teeth nearly 3 years ago. One of our casual acquaintances was a dental assistant, and she told my daughter that our neighborhood tooth fairy’s name was Lola. Mandy naturally wanted to find out if Lola knew Tinkerbell, and she had all sorts of other metaphysical questions. I encouraged her to write these questions down, and so Mandy started keeping a tooth fairy journal. Each entry naturally begins, “Dear Lola.”
Lola told us all sorts of things. She told us what fairies do with human teeth. She explained why it took her so long to give Mandy a gift when she lost her tooth on a visit to her dad’s. Lola shared the secret enchantment that’s involved when both front teeth to come out together. I’ll write about that on another day (and only if I get comments on this post, so I know someone is reading).
When Mandy was younger, she thought my life seemed very difficult, and one day, she said, “Mommy, I don’t want to grow up.”
I told Mandy about all the wonderful things people get to do when they grow up, like drive their own cars and go where they want to go and get married and have children. She seemed unconvinced that it was worth it, so I suggested she write about it to Lola.
Lola wrote back, and in Mandy’s Tooth Fairy journal, there’s a story about Lola’s friend Knuckles.
Knuckles was a boy tooth fairy. Boys don’t like to be called “fairies” and even in fairyland, you can start a fight that way. Knuckles didn’t resemble the girl fairies in any way you can imagine. He was kind of chunky and unrefined, and he was extraordinarily clumsy. The other fairies teased him in the beginning, and once he got called a “little troll with wings,” but nobody ever called him “fairy”!
Knuckles wasn’t just physically clumsy. He said tactless things that made the girls cry by accident. And he got lost a lot. But he could fly just well enough that when the time was right, the Queen made him a tooth fairy. So, with his enchanted burlap bag in one hand and his wand in the other, he would slip into little children’s bedrooms at night as best he could and squeeze under their pillows to find the teeth they had placed there for him.
Mandy asked Lola whether anyone had ever seen a fairy and why they try so hard to keep out of sight. Lola explained that a fairy looks just like a huge wasp or a flying walking stick and people are terrified of such things. Plus, a fairy’s wings rattle like a tiny helicopter, so they must be sure a child is asleep before entering the room. The magic wand helps with that, because there’s sandman dust in it that keeps the child from waking up until the fairy has gotten the tooth and left. But there are many other spells in the magic wand as well that the fairy learns how to use over time.
Knuckles was a terror with his magic wand. Because he was so clumsy, he had dropped his wand several times and it didn’t always work properly. The Queen realized her mistake too late, and no one wanted to take Knuckles’ wand away because the spells were a little messed up and two of the fairies were turned permanently into a newt and a grass snake. So Knuckles got to keep his wand and his job.
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Lola told Mandy about another little girl named Aleena who secretly wanted to stay a child forever. She was very sad when she lost her first tooth, and Knuckles was the fairy assigned to retrieve it and bring it to fairyland.
Knuckles couldn’t find a way into the little girl’s bedroom, and he ended up flying through the kitchen. It was the first night of the new moon, and there was almost no light in the room. CRASH! Knuckles landed right on the kitchen table, on his back in the butter dish. His wings were covered in butter. The enchanted burlap sack he had been carrying had fallen into a glass of milk someone had left out the night before, and he had to fish it out.
“I’ll just dry it off with a magic spell,” he muttered. “Now where is my wand?”
Knuckles’ magic wand had cartwheeled through the air and bounced around inside the round part of a spoon, DINGLE-PLING! before hitting the side of a cereal box and clattering to the table nearby. Knuckles was so busy trying to remove the butter from his wings that he didn’t see the tiny mushroom cloud of fairy dust PAFF! coating the back of the box. He brushed himself off, looked around for the child’s bedroom, found the tooth, put it in his enchanted sack, still damp with milk, and returned to fairyland.
The next morning, Aleena was eating her cold cereal before school, looking at the pictures on the back of the box. She loved school and she loved to read books, but when she read the coupon on the back of the cereal box, she was amazed at what she saw:
Be a child forever! Just send this coupon, along with Proof of Purchase, to the following address.
Aleena blinked her eyes. She read the coupon again. Then she ran to get a pair of scissors.
…TO BE CONTINUED…
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