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When you’re little you believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and yourself

That's not the tooth fairy!
My six-year old lost another tooth. Like always, he put it under his pillow. And like always, I forgot to get up in the middle of the night to switch out the tooth for a dollar––like Indiana Jones switching a sandbag for the golden idol. My regular excuse is "ah snap, I forgot to call the Tooth Fairy and schedule a pick-up" Whew. He bought it.

What I love about little kids is their capacity to believe. When I ask my daughter what she wants to be when she grows up. The answer is never as wishy-washy as when my wife asks me the same question.

The downside of this unyielding belief is that little kids also eat bugs and dip their Oreos in ketchup. This is why Superman costumes at Halloween come with disclaimers that read: not for use in actual flying. "Billy, take off that cape and get off the barn roof!"

I’m trying to be more kid-like when it comes to writing. To remember that I used to believe new tennis shoes would make me jump higher. That duct-taping bottle rockets to my Big Wheel was a darn good idea. And that another human being might actually pay to read a book that comes from my keyboard. Maybe I need to eat more crayons.

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Reader Comments (7)

Instead of eating the crayons, you should try coloring/drawing with them. It's amazing what 5 minutes with a book of crayons and a blank sheet of paper can do for your inner child. :)
March 31, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC. Rooney
Did you ever see that episode of Friends when Rachel was too embarassed to go jogging with Pheobe because she ran like a spaz? Then Pheobe explained she ran like that to make exercise fun like when she was a kid.

I think about that a lot while I'm eating bon-bons and watching my son romp around the backyard. Perhaps running in circles until I'm so dizzy I collapse would do a lot for both my creativity and my metabolism.

Thanks for the tip about the tooth fairy. I have a few years to go, but I'll file it in my mental "excuses for diappointing my kid" rolodex.
March 31, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJaye Wells
I like the Phoebe running thing.

It reminds me of when I ride my mountain bike to work in the summer. People always ask why I'm riding. "Is it for the environment? Is it to protest oil prices? Are you trying to lose weight?" No, I just ride for fun. Because someday I'll be old and wearing an adult diaper and won't be able to. People look at me like I must be brain damaged.

March 31, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie
What do you mean 'when' you were a child? Me, I never grew up. Pass me the red crayon please...
March 31, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
Being a writer, especially being a writer of humor is the only way I can get away with posting nonsense verse.
April 1, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterm.g. tarquini
Eat the purple crayons, they give you superhuman strength.
And we all know what green M&Ms do….
April 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMeleta McHarlin
Great post, Jamie.

April 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Hurtubise

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