This happened this month:
And Simon couldn't be happier! He didn't want anyone to yank it out prematurely, so it dangled by a thread for the longest time. When it finally came out he was pleased as punch. He was super excited to put it under his pillow that night for the tooth fairy to bring him "a prize."
So I was surprised and confused when he came out about a half hour after being tucked into bed. His eyes were red, and he had obviously been crying. I put him on my lap and asked what was the matter. He whispered his answer in my ear:
"What happens if you want to keep your tooth, but you really want the prize too?"
It melted my heart. Simon is usually such a tough guy, with some serious bargaining skills! I told him I thought the tooth fairy would totally understand. We composed a note for her, signed by Simon.
It all turned out just as he hoped. The next morning he found a dollar under his pillow, right next to that beautiful tooth.