“Nanny! Nanny! Come here a minute, I want to tell you something.”
I popped my head into Munki’s bedroom with a sigh thinking it was more bedtime procrastinating.
“Yes, what is it? Why aren’t you in bed?”
“I’m doing an experiment but it’s a secret, I can’t tell you what it is yet.”
That was how we left it, I didn’t push for details and she didn’t offer any. In fact, rather than try and keep me talking as she normally does, she hopped straight into bed.
Fast forward to first thing this morning when she greeted me with a big smile telling me that her experiment was now complete.
“Did it work?”
“Oh, ok. You look very happy about it. Can you tell me what it was now?”
“Yes. My tooth finally fell out yesterday and I wanted to find out if the tooth fairy was real or if you grown-ups just made it up so I decided not to tell any grown-ups about it to see if the tooth fairy still came. She didn’t. I proved she’s not real, didn’t I?”
Dammit! The child is too clever. What to reply?
After a moment’s deliberation, I decided that the game was up and trying to brazen it out was probably not the way to go, she’d proved her point.
“Ok you clever little Munki the tooth fairy is nanny shaped and here is a pound for you.”
Her little eyes lit up as she eagerly accepted my gift. “Thanks, Nanny!”
She’s so clever to have worked out a plan and carried it out as she did and I’m really proud of her…and just a little sad that that little piece of childhood magic has ended for her.
Why do they grow up so fast?