The Writer, The Perpetual Child – Re-post

Trying to remain in rhythm with my Monday morning posts (and due to family medical emergencies), I am following Linda Cassidy Lewis’s  lead and putting up one of my favorite first posts from June (sorry if this is a re-read…)

Recently, my son lost his second tooth. He proudly brought it down to the breakfast table.

It was his turn for show and tell at school, and he brought it in. I saw all the other kindergarten kids clapping him on the back in the school yard, a few of the boys shook his hand.

When I picked him up, the school nurse had given him a tiny plastic tooth that stores his tooth, and also serves as a necklace. That night, he put the necklace in a jar next to his bed. When I asked him about it, he said that his tooth was too special, and he didn’t want the tooth fairy to take it. I asked him if he didn’t want to trade it for money – the tooth fairy always leaves money. No.

In the morning, lo and behold, there was 2$ on his night table. I explained that the tooth fairy knew it was special and didn’t take it, but left him some money for loosing his tooth anyway. His response: I didn’t know the tooth fairy was that nice.

All of this got me thinking about how open a child’s eyes are. They do not see things with the pre-conception that we, as adults, do.(Of course, I was also wondering about the ramifications of my children actually believing in the tooth fairy – how did that happen??)

I also realized, that in order to write to my fullest potential, I would have to be open in the same way. Sometimes, as I am writing, the story shifts, it goes to a new place I never entertained. I will fight against it, trying to keep things consistent with my initial structure or idea. Yet, when I let go, and allow myself to be taken, it is then that the story truly comes to life.

Here’s to the tooth fairy!

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12 thoughts on “The Writer, The Perpetual Child – Re-post

  1. All three of my kids received money from the tooth fairy. They turned out pretty good in my humble opinion!!!

    I agree with you Jennifer, sometimes a story takes the lead and there’s little we can do to stop it..

  2. Jonathan Danz says:

    I’ve not been at it long, but writing has been like reading someone else’s story sometimes. I think I know what is coming and the next thing I know I’m somewhere else wondering what is going to happen next.

    When I bought t-shirts for a rafting company retail shop there was a shirt that said “The Journey is the Destination.” Yeah, it’s a t-shirt slogan, but it’s apt. I hope you enjoy all journeys that begin as a result of letting go.

    • Good saying, Jonathan! It is true.
      The first novel I wrote i was taken by surprise at how similar the process was to reading. I would tell people I was excited to sit and write again because I wanted to see what would happen next.

  3. I love those unexpected story shifts. It’s like one of my characters (which is another me, of course) takes over the keyboard and I just get to sit there amazed.

    (That didn’t sound crazy because we are all writers here, right?)

  4. Your post arrives just as my daughter lost another tooth. I mean literally. This is the second tooth she lost. The first one she swallowed, this one: down the drain. Each mishap is followed by a lengthy letter of apology/IOU to the tooth fairy. This letter is shoved under the pillow where she soon learns the act of forgiveness when she sees the tooth fairy held no hard feelings.

    I love those letters.

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