Empty Nest Syndrome

Definition: is a general feeling of loneliness that parents or guardians may feel when one or more of their children leave home; it is more common in women, (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_nest_syndrome).

Last night I was suffering from ‘empty nest syndrome’. I had planned a lovely dinner for my seventeen year old and me (hubby was at work), only to find out that he would not be home since he was spending the night at a friends, and leaving before dinner. Well I had a lovely steak, rice, and a slice of chocolate cake (which I had made purposely for him since it is his favourite), washed the dishes, than just sat thinking about my loneliness. You see, both my girls are away at school, and though we chat via phone, text, Skype, and Facebook on a daily basis it is not the same. I miss the daily busyness of the day, I miss working, I miss adult interaction. Thank goodness for Twitter, which sounds quite silly but I am able to tweet and get a response. Over the past year, I have developed relationships with absolute strangers but they keep me sane. It sounds crazy, but when you are stuck at home, unable to work, you need an outlet, any kind of outlet. Luckily hubby understands, and he actually thinks it is kind of cool that I have met new people, gone to tweetups (when I am well enough), heck he even went with me to one of my twitter follower’s house for New Year’s (thanks Morgan).

Anyways, after sulking for about an hour, I decided to phone hubby at work. I told him I was picking him up and we were going over to my best friends house and hanging out there for the evening. Life just got better.

The Tooth Fairy

Many parents have a difficult time dealing with “Tooth Fairy Issues”, the obvious one being how much money does the tooth fairy leave for the first tooth, but the not so obvious one is what do you do when your child uses “duct tape” to attach their tooth securely to the hand.

Our daughter was 9 years old, a fan of The Red Green Show (if you are not familiar with Red Green, well he used duct tape to fix/repair everything) and she in turn, loved duct tape too.

She was also at the age when she questioned the existence of the Tooth Fairy. Thus when she lost another tooth, and after mom & dad had gone to bed, she thought she would be a smarty pants in order to catch the so far unseen Tooth Fairy.

Under the cover of darkness, we sneakily entered her room, but much to our surprise we find streams of duct tape securely fastened to her tiny hand. What to do? Her dad tries unsuccessfully to undo the tape, trying to find the teeny-weeny tooth. Under our breath we are both laughing, and thinking how could she do this to us? After many attempts, we decide that it is useless, there is no way in hell that we are going to get the tape off her hand without waking her. Not knowing the right or wrong way to deal with this issue, we go ahead and leave money under her pillow, knowing quite well that we will have to come up with some pretty darn good answer in the morning.  In the meantime, my brain is working overtime thinking of some way to get even with her. Now, I realize she was only nine at the time, but she had really ticked me off. The answer then came to me, I would have the Tooth Fairy write her a letter explaining how bad it is to duct tape your tooth to your hand. Since she would recognize both mine and my husband’s handwriting, I decided I would get someone I worked with to write the letter.  Little did I realize what a great letter my workmate would write! So here it is:

Dear Miss G. Burden,

We have received a complaint from Tooth Fairy B46257983/P (Bruce) who is responsible for Southwestern Ontario and Erie, PA.

On or about Feb. 4, 2003 Bruce attempted to make a scheduled pickup in the pink bedroom, upper bunk at the Burden household.

Imagine his dismay when he discovered that you, Miss Burden had done what we in the tooth trade call a “RedGreen”.

Shame on you!

Our policy in cases of this sort is to leave the tooth and keep the money. However Bruce felt you must have accidentally wrapped your tooth in many layers of duct tape, and so he left you $2.00 Canadian ($1.32 US) as a token of our goodwill.

Be informed that if we do not receive your tooth in the condition it left your mouth by this Friday, our associate, the Easter Bunny will be paying you a visit. Do not make us come and get you!

Head Fairy

The next day, the letter was left under our daughter’s pillow. Well, this was a big mistake because now she not only truly believed in the Tooth Fairy but she felt the Easter Bunny was out to get her. Great, we will be voted bad parents of the year. I have no choice but to tell her the truth. There is no Tooth Fairy, yes there is an Easter Bunny and no he is not out to get you, I promise.

The letter: