“Anna will tell me”… I always said.
“She doesn’t seem to have crushes on boys yet.” I thought
Josh tells me with easy nonchalance. “By the way Mom, I’m in love with _____ and she loves me too.”
I thought when Anna saw my calm yet interested reaction to Josh’s news she’d tell me too.
The other night she lost a tooth. Anna has a very close relationship with her tooth fairy, Elvira. There are apparently hundreds of fairies each responsible for different children. Anna and Elvira have been writing notes back and forth for over a year. Anna hadn’t lost a tooth in a couple of months. In the time in between lost teeth presents for Elvira had accumulated. They safely stored in a box under her pillow along with her tooth. There were a couple of notes, one asking about Elvira’s dress size, a box of floss, and a toy.
That night when Elvira quietly flitted in to Anna’s room, she read through all of the notes to make sure she answered any and all questions. She had to read them a couple of times, her brain was a little fuzzy. She’d been almot asleep when she remembered that she hadn’t visited Anna yet. The first one she read said,
“Don’t tell my bruder but I am in love with ______.” Elvira was so surprised she dropped the rest of the notes and couldn’t find them in the dark.
She immediately wrote back.
“Anna thank you for all the presents. I love them, and you. You are so thoughtful. Congrats on being in love. You should tell your mom.” She slipped the note in with the money and softly snuck out.
The next morning Anna ran down stairs clutching her money and her note.
“What does it say?” she asked. Elvira’s handwriting can be hard to read.
I read it to her, and asked. “That’s interesting. Who are you in love with?”
“How did she know?” Anna asked
“You didn’t tell her in one of your notes?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Well maybe she could just tell by looking at you. So who is it?”
“I don’t want to talk about it.”
“Come on, Elvira said you should tell me.”
“I already told Daddy.”
“What!!! You told Daddy and not me?”
Anna looked down and started to fidget with her shirt. “I told him to tell you, I just don’t like to talk about it it makes me embarrassed. ”
“Ok fine then.” and I hugged her a little too tight.
“And Elvira forgot to tell me her dress size. I wanted to make her a dress.”
At least Josh tells me his secrets…. I think. I asked Justin about it that night.
“Did Anna tell you she was in love with someone?”
He looks up at me guitily. “Umm yes.”
“When?” I ask throwing my hands up in the air.
“Like three months ago.”
It’s a good thing the tooth fairy and I are so close.