He accepted our excuse, but he was pretty blue the entire day. Around noon, I heard him say, "I wrote the tooth fairy a letter for nothing."
It broke my heart. He and my daughter created a hand-written letter and an envelop made from green construction paper and covered it with soccer-themed stickers. I couldn't wait until the night, so I created a note and stuck it under his pillow. Then I and waited.
Eventually, he went to his room to bounce on his bed, something he does ALL THE TIME for no reason in particular, and found the letter. He was ecstatic! Horrible-mom moment resolved. I was able to continue with my day without feeling debilitating guilt.
So what does this have to do with IWSG or writing? Nothing really, except it took about an hour to get this letter exactly the way I wanted. An apology letter...from the tooth fairy. I thought I would pop this out in five minutes, but even this turned into a bit of work. My OCD got the best of me. Here are the two versions I created.
|Version 1: Letter from the hard-working fairy.|
|Version 2 : Letter from the dragon-slaying fairy.|
It didn't help that I had two critical editors: my husband and daughter. My husband was wary about making it sound too real and didn't want my son to start school with a bunch of cynical seven-year-old kids making fun of him in case he retells the story. My daughter thought the letter from the dragon slayer was cool, but she agreed with her father. Grade-school kids can be so cruel. We went with the first version.
Which version would you have chosen?
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