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Discovering the truth about the tooth fairy (or Santa or the Easter Bunny) can be a bummer for any kid. Back in 1991, one doubting 9-year-old confronted the tooth fairy directly — and now, 23 years later, she’s sharing her takedown online, where it’s been causing huge buzz since she posted it Monday on Reddit.
“My dad found my passive aggressive note that I wrote to the tooth fairy,” Redditor Judokitten noted along with an image of her letter. “It was better than I remember.”
The note reads: “(Not very) Dear T. F. — This is the second time you’ve done this. You forgot me. So if you’re not going to come, then I’m going to keep my own teeth. You are through collecting teeth. From Jennifer. From now on I’m keeping my own teeth. Unsincerely, Jennifer E. PS Keep collecting from Mike, though. Obviously you like him better. P.P.S. Don’t bother to write back.”
Jenny, now a mom of two, says she still remembers writing the letter. “I was right at the age where I was starting to figure out the truth,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “So when I lost this tooth, I didn’t tell anyone for two days because I wanted to see if she would come.” When Jenny finally did tell her mother, declaring that she knew the tooth fairy was a sham, her mom suggested she write “T.F.” a letter. So Jenny, who declined to share her last name, penned this note and the next day received a response from the tooth fairy herself. “It basically said, ‘I couldn’t get to your pillow the night before last because I got stuck in all the mess. Maybe if you clean your room, I could get to you in a timely manner,” Jenny, 32, says.
Over the weekend, Jenny was visiting her parents when she mentioned the old letter to her father. “He walked right over to a book on the shelf and pulled it out,” she says. “My mom keeps all of my adorable things —like my kindergarten graduation cape — and my dad keeps all the snarky things, so it made sense that he would have it.”
Jenny, who lives in Vermont with her 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter, says she hasn’t yet had to deal with her own doubting kids. “I’ve forgotten to leave money before and had to come up with excuses for why the tooth fairy was late, though none were as good as my mom’s,” she says. “Recently I used, ‘you lost the tooth really late in the afternoon so the fairy already got her list for the day. She’ll catch up with you tomorrow.’ I think it worked!”
Despite the tooth fairy’s equally passive-aggressive response to Jenny’s childhood letter, she says the jig was up. “Her response was a quiet acknowledgement between us that my mom and I both knew the truth,” she says. “Mike, my brother – well, I won’t reveal how long he believed. But let’s just say for his last tooth, the tooth fairy gave him gas money.”