The Night the Tooth Fairy Did Not Come

Twas the night before the Tooth Fairy
And all through the house
All the creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse.
The children were jumping up and down on their beds,
While visions of fairy dust danced in their heads.
“Please settle down,” Mommy said with a yawn.
“The tooth fairy will come, but not after dawn.
I know you’re excited but please close your eyes.
When you wake in the morning you’ll have a surprise.”
In the timelessness of sleep the evening flew by. 
Mommy woke with a start to a loud, piercing cry.
“Mommy, oh Mommy, the Tooth Fairy didn’t come!”
Mommy sprinted from bed, feeling frazzled and glumb.
Hugging her child she said with a tear,
“I’m sorry this happened”, then uttered a prayer.
Her child looked up in confusion and doubt.
“What could have happened? What’s this about?
Did the Tooth Fairy forget me? Was it something I said?
Was my bedroom so messy she could not find my bed?”
Regaining her composure mommy straightened her back.
“It was nothing you did, Child,” and her voice did not crack.
“We all make mistakes. The Tooth Fairy, too.
Let’s write her a letter, Child. She has some explaining to do.” 
Denise Barry is the award winning author of What Does the Tooth Fairy do with Our Teeth and Soap On A Rope. Her new book, Tooth Fairy, You Have Some Explaining To Do! will be released May 7, 2019

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