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!


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. 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.

    1. 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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