Tooth Fairy's mistake sparks questions of existence

My kid now says she "has her doubts" about the Tooth Fairy's existence, and I got blamed for this. Huh! Unfair!

The story: She was snooping around my dresser for some totally unknown reason and found a ring box with her latest tooth inside. Why she was digging around is beyond me.

There was nothing new or different about the items atop this dusty dresser. In fact, the ring box in question was dusty as well. I can only presume children have a laser instinct for finding things they shouldn't.

She entered the living room and declared to the babysitters that the Tooth Fairy had FORGOTTEN to take her latest tooth, and she now questions if the fairy is real. She explained where she found it. I don't know why she can't just be like all other American capitalists and just focus on the fact that the fairy did leave money under the pillow anyway.

The sitters did their best to stave off the inquiry, but she said she wasn't buying it. When we got home, we were informed of this brewing crisis.

At which point, my husband pointed the finger at me. "Why did you leave her tooth lying around?" he accused.

"Me? I have no idea what you're talking about! What ring box? I didn't put a tooth in there!" I defended. On top of that, it's a molar, so it's not even a cute little front tooth.

This went on for a bit since I am usually the more sentimental one. However, when it comes to her teeth, "I have her first one and it's in a shadowbox frame with her first lock of hair and her infant handprint. I don't need more teeth. I've been throwing them away," I explained.

I went to the bedroom to search for clarity and the ring box. I brought it to him. "This? I didn't put this here! Did you?"

"Oh," he sheepishly admitted. "I did that. I just thought you wanted to save all her teeth."

"Sure. Blame me," I complained.

We brainstormed about how to reconcile this. "Just tell her it's my baby tooth that I was saving for myself," I suggested.

"It still has fresh blood on it!" Claus pointed out. Why he has to be so logical is infuriating.

I was thinking of saying the Tooth Fairy is getting old and forgetful, but we've seen a lot of "Once Upon A Time" on ABC and she knows that mythical creatures don't age.

So I guess we have to come up with a way to explain The Mystery of the Overlooked Tooth Which Still Yielded A Payout. My best solution is to deflect and parry if it comes up again.

"Look!" I will point to the air behind her. "Isn't that Santa Claus?"

FamilyDiane AkoTooth Fairy, molar