On Friday, our six-year-old lost her 7th and 8th baby teeth within the span of a few hours. The first had been noticeably wobbling so we weren’t surprised at the event when she bit down into a crunchy cookie, but the second one came out unexpectedly, while we were having Shabbat dinner. We were both shocked when our daughter suddenly exclaimed, “Another tooth just fell out! Does that mean the tooth fairy will give me two presents?”
After the excitement had died down, she followed up by asking us the classic children’s question about the existence of the tooth fairy. She’s no dummy, and she’d heard some of her preschool classmates, as well as one of her teachers from last year, speaking about the tooth fairy as nothing more than mere fantasy. Now, personally, I’m not one to encourage anyone’s belief in fictional characters of any sort; but my wife likes the idea of encouraging a child’s sense of wonder and expresses disappointment whenever I suggest the possibility of their non-existence. That’s why I carefully stayed quiet. “I don’t know much about the tooth fairy,” I said, “You’ll have to ask Mama’chka. She knows more about it.”
Cleverly, my wife managed to circumvent the question with a discussion of whether or not a child should receive two gifts for two teeth that fall out on the same day, and our daughter forgot about her question. On Shabbat morning, after waking up during the night in excitement and anticipation to check for favors beneath her pillow, our little girl awoke early to find two separate little gifts waiting for her – and neither of the two teeth she’d lost.
Fallen leaf headrest Shifted gingerly by fae Reveals dawning joy
The above is my second attempt at a classic haibun (here is my first one), which includes a traditional haiku, entailing the following:
- A haibun includes 1 to 3 prose paragraphs that must be a true accounting, not fiction,
followed by a traditional haiku which MUST:
- be nature based
- be three lines (5 – 7 – 5 syllables OR short-long-short)
- have a direct or subtle relationship to your prose paragraphs: enrich the prose without condensing or summarizing it
- include a KIGO (word or phrase associated with a particular season).
- although only 3 lines in length, it must have two parts including a shift, an added insight. Japanese poets include a KIREJI (cutting word).
- BUT there’s no linguistic equivalent in the English language therefore punctuation creates the cut: we can use a dash, comma, an ellipsis, an exclamation point. Sometimes it’s simply felt in the pacing or reading.
48 thoughts on “Fairies, or: Favors”
Hahah it was so cute… Adorable haibun… Loved how your wife managed it… Get your pocket ready as she will be loosing more of her primary teeth… It’s been a while my friend.. Good day😊
hi! It’s been quite a while!
Thanks for the kind compliment 🙂
Haha my pleasure David… I thought you were called Ben from your page name..
ben means ‘son [of]’ in Hebrew. My first name is David 🙂
bio here: https://skepticskaddish.com/about/
What do you prefer to be called?
Enjoyed reading this post so much!
Awww… thanks 💖
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Wow… Haibun, prose and haiku. A complete entertainment package I must say🤗🤗❤️
The missing baby teeth – she is growing up but not too fast! The belief in the tooth fairy was one that my sons just couldn’t understand. They rejected the idea by the time they were in pre-school. Of course that got me off the hook for paying for teeth!
TBH, I don’t understand why she hasn’t rejected it yet. She knows about other made-up creatures… but she hasn’t quite made the connection.
A good husband always pivots to the wife when asked about fairies! 🧚♀️ Magical haibun and precious picture!
Thank you, Tricia – there was definitely some magic in the air that Shabbat 🙂
This is so sweet!! Love it. I felt the same as both of you… I did not want to tell any lies, but also wanted to preserve magic. For us the issue was Christmas… I did the same kind of circumventing or handing the question back to them… “Does Santa exist? Hmm… I wonder… do you think so?” And for a long time the magic was preserved that way. :)) Nicely done you two, and love the haiku… you are so good with these form things. Inspiring ✨