Here is the letter Cody left for the Tooth Fairy on the night of her first visit a little over a week ago. I wrote while he dictated.
I was proud that he remembered his manners in the writing of the letter. I was also very pleased that he asked for a container to keep his teeth in. He obviously was not happy with the small knock off Tupperware container I had given him at one in the morning when he woke me to tell me his tooth had fallen out. I had not planted any seeds for this request but this was exactly what he was going to get.
Several days earlier I had found and purchased a small silver dish with lid that I thought would be a perfectly magical place for him to store his baby teeth; he is planning on keeping them. I polished it until it shone. Husband had already gone to the Post Office and acquired a supply of golden one dollar coins for the present part of great occasion. We were ready. Or were we? Read that letter again. He wanted to visit FairyLand. That was easy enough to brush off, only fairies are allowed to visit there. Everybody knows that, but he wanted a picture of it. Hum. How is that going to work?
After giving it a little thought I knew exactly what to do. Here is the letter the Tooth Fairy left for Cody. Sorry the photo is not very good, but I think you can read it.
Notice how I solved the problem of the photograph. I mean, have you ever seen a fairy use a camera? Fairies sketch, simple as that. Well, not this fairy, but I know someone who is just magical enough herself to be able to accurately sketch FairyLand. We will get to that in a minute.
Here is the front of the letter, the silver dish, and the golden coin. Please note the fairy dust along the top of the letter. Yes I know it looks like a fourth grader made it, I am not artistic. I was happy with it and it turns out Cody was too.
The following morning Cody came running into our bedroom waving the letter around chanting that the Tooth Fairy had come. After I read the letter to him he ran back to his room and brought out the dish. He was very happy about the gold coin and indifferent about the dish. Not much can compete with a golden coin when you are six.
At first he thought that the Tooth Fairy had forgotten to bring a photo of FairyLand but after I read the letter again and explained that she needed time to draw him a sketch he was satisfied. He has been asking about that sketch ever since.
Here is the sketch. It is a magical mixture of watercolor, color pencil, and ink measuring eight by nine inches. This is a scanned copy, the original has dainty bits of shimmering glitter, green and gold, hidden behind and between the distant trees and a small pool of the shimmer in the blue waters of the pond.
The artist behind this piece of childhood memory for Cody is a very long time friend of mine, Christine Kennedy. I have known her since our kindergarten days, grew up with her in the same small town, and while we have never lived in the same town since we graduated, we have never lost each other. She is one of those friends that always has your back and knows you sometimes more than you know yourself. We are very lucky that her and her sweet husband live a mere hour from us and that both of them are such a part of our boys’ lives.
When Cody requested a picture of FairyLand, I knew exactly who could make that happen for him. Not only did I know I would get something beautiful but I was excited to be able to include her in this brief and wondrous period of Cody’s childhood – the time where there is magic under every rock, fairies are real, and when you ask for a picture of FairyLand you fully expect you will get one.
I highly suggest you check out her site. While she has been an artist her entire life, she has just recently taken that great leap to start her own company and follow her passion. If you need a freelance illustrator, some help with a storyboard or project or perhaps just a simple but brilliant sketch of FairyLand for your child, contact Christine.
Cody’s second tooth fell out six days after his first one. The Tooth Fairy found him and delivered another gold coin and the sketch even though we were spending the night at Grandma’s house. After the excitement wore off over another gold coin, we examined the drawing. I pointed out the glitter and explained that for a brief period after a fairy flies away, a small cloud of fairy dust remains behind. We tilted the sketch under Grandpa’s old reading light, watching the fairy dust on the page shimmer. He was in awe when I told him it was a one of a kind sketch made just for him. It was magical to watch Cody share his excitement with his brother, their two blond heads almost touching, noses inches away from a sketch drawn by the Tooth Fairy herself.