So, I was standing in line at the grocery store with my kids today after school when Guy announced the his first tooth was going to fall out!
I was excited for him, but I was also thinking, oh great, how was this not on my radar? There is no way that the Tooth Fairy is going to be able to make it to the bank to get a $1 coin at 4:15pm. Please don't fall out tonight.
Despite being in the "express lane," we were all standing there stalled by the man in front of us who was having trouble with the check-out. I am pretty sure it was the grocery store's machines that were malfunctioning, but nevertheless, it was irritating.
And so we waited.
And while we waited, Guy continued to wiggle, and wiggle, and wiggle his little tooth.
He also intermittently announced his loose tooth status to everyone around us.
I just accepted that his tooth was going to come out and it was going to throw a wrench in my day's plan. Sigh.
The grocery store clerk finally managed to get the problem fixed and as the man in front of us (who was actually the cause of the bottleneck) was checking out he asked Guy over his shoulder, "Did I hear that you are losing a tooth?" Guy said, "Yes!" and demonstrated his tooth wiggling abilities.
Then the man did something that won him hero-status in my book: He reached out his hand to Guy and gave him a $1 coin. He said, "The Tooth Fairy wanted me to give this to you...now you'll still need to put it under your pillow when it comes out and she'll swing by and pick it up."
I had already pulled my phone out to snap a photo of Guy before his tooth fell out, so I made sure to get one of my new hero as well.
PEOPLE: There is a God in Heaven...and He is intimately involved in the details of our lives.
And he cares about little children and their first loose tooth and about Mommies who care about those little boys.
And there are saints and angels and heroes walking around among us.
Sometimes we don't recognize them, because they wear LA Dodgers caps and ride around in electronic wheelchairs, but they are definitely there. And they are listening to the promptings of the spirit, ready to step in and perform small miracles at a moment's notice.
May we always recognize these tender mercies and give credit to the true source!
I couldn't think of a better ending to the life of that first little tooth! :)
And I am thankful tonight for a Heavenly Father who is always just a wish away and who is always willing to prove it!
PS - The tooth came out about five minutes after we returned home from the grocery store. And the kids each have their own theory about how that man knows the Tooth Fairy!