So, Malachy’s second tooth came out today. It was super loose, and after school, on the way to piano, he was able to extract his own tooth. The first tooth required some help from Mom, along with some tooth floss and some cheerleading from Dad. For his first tooth, he received five Washingtons and a geode. The geode was a last minute addition, and when he woke up that morning after, he was quite excited about the note, the cash, and the geode. After hammering the geode, we were left with mostly crushed rock and dust. It was a dud, and it left me and Malachy a bit unsatisfied. (Hence, the note he wrote to the Tooth Fairy today.) A couple of days later, I had a special Ninjago delivery via the Tooth Ninja, but he didn’t buy it. He knew it was from me. But, as you can see from the note to the Tooth Fairy, he still believes! 🙂
So, Mommy wanted to buy time to get a gift from the Tooth Fairy, so she told Malachy we would clean the tooth out tomorrow and leave it for the Tooth Fairy tomorrow night. We explained to him that the Tooth Fairy didn’t want a bloody tooth. After all, he had cleaned his first one for her. He went to bed and was fine with waiting one more night…
Right before we went to bed, I asked Shien where Tooth #2 was. She said she thought Malachy left it with me, and I told her that he did show me the tooth but he had left it with her when she was cooking in the kitchen. From the kitchen, I could hear the rustling noise of a plastic bag every now and then. I asked Shien what was going on. She tells me, “I think I might have thrown it away.” I’m like, “WHAT?”
Turns out Shien had given Malachy a tissue for the tooth when she was cooking, so he could clean it out with her later on. So, he left the tooth in the tissue on the kitchen counter. Lo and behold, when Shien was cleaning the kitchen after dinner, she threw the tissue with the tooth into the plastic trash bag! Thus, the rustling plastic bag.
When I went to the kitchen looked in the plastic bag, it looked GROSS! Shien had poured out a 14 oz. jar of old hot chocolate powder mix into the trash bag (she once saw worms in another can of old powder mix), and since it got wet, the trash inside was covered and doused with wet and dry powder mix all over. I got a flashlight and tried to sift through it by squeezing the bag and trying to feel for the tiny tooth, but no luck. I even tried using another plastic bag as a glove to squeeze through some of the trash, but it just felt sandy and muddy from all the powder mix.
Shien suggested that we re-use Tooth #1 and just tell Malachy that she cleaned it out for him. After all, he cashed in Tooth #1, so he probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. That made me feel uncomfortable. It felt wrong. It wasn’t honest. I know. I know. The Tooth Fairy isn’t real, so why not just let him cash in Tooth #1 again, right? I couldn’t go to sleep knowing that Tooth #2 was in the trash, and that we were going to give him Tooth #1 again for the Tooth Fairy! 🙁
So, I went back to the kitchen. I got another plastic bag out. I got a latex glove out. The plan was to transfer the trash from the yucky bag to another empty plastic bag. The question was what to do with all the dry hot chocolate powder in the trash, which made it impossible to look through the trash? I must say the one good thing about the hot chocolate powder mix was that it took away any garbage smell! 🙂 I figured the only way to get rid of the mix in the trash was to dissolve it in water!
Next, I cleared the sink, made sure the sink strainer was in place, and proceeded to fill the plastic bag which was filled with trash and powder with water, in the sink. Stuff started floating up in the plastic bag, and now, it looked like I had a huge bag of hot chocolate drink with floating trash instead of marshmallows! I slowly transferred the floating debris into another plastic bag, and proceeded with emptying all the trash out of the plastic bag. I found a few pieces of minced garlic that looked like Tooth #2, but I couldn’t find it. All the dried powder was soon dissolved, but there was also coffe grinds in the trash, too. That doesn’t all quite dissolve like the hot chocolate powder mix. Ai ya! Chicken bones, wet paper towels, tissues, rice, broccoli, oh my! When the bag was almost emptied, I decided to just pour the rest out in the sink and soak it all out. YUCK! The latex glove got wet inside, so I decided to take it off. Besides, wearing the glove made it harder to feel for the tooth. So, there I was with my bare hands feeling through the garbage in the sink and scraps in the sink strainer, feeling for the tooth. After a while, VOILA! I found it! It was mixed in with some of the trash and coffee grinds. I made sure it wasn’t just another piece of chopped garlic. It was indeed Tooth #2! I cleared out the rest of the trash from the sink, and now I had a cleaner bag of trash, without all the hot chocolate powder mix! Move over Toothy Fairy. Tooth Daddy has come to the rescue! Oh, what a night! 🙂