Friday Flotsam


Uhhhhh what do you do with the teeth?

You know what, let me back up.

What do you do with all the children’s teeth in the night?

Yeah, still sounding psycho.

AS THE TOOTH FAIRY, what are we supposed to do all these nasty chiclet face bones that we’ve collected through the years? Give them back? Like what do we do with all of this?

I ask because the kids know about Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy. They figured it all out this summer when we were at IKEA and saw the little kitchen set up that “Santa brought” and has been in our basement for years now. Nat looks at it. She looks at me. I started laughing because I was like THIS IS IT WE HAVE BEEN FOUND OUT, and I think I’ve already told you this story before.

“MOM, is there something you need to tell us???” she says with little beady red eyes.

“What? Hahahaha, um no! You know what, ask your dad.” (<–stellar mom move)

So yeah, what about the teeth? Are we supposed to keep them? What do you do?

The great thing about this age is that Will pulled another teeth a few nights ago and I said, “Nat, you’re the Tooth Fairy. Get on it.” And she loved it. I typed the note, but she did all the extras. The four quarters, the flower from outside, the wrapping, the twining. Got way into it. Like I barely did a thing. But then the next day Will was like, “I want to see all my teeth!” and I threw up in my mouth a little.

Do you keep the teeth? I have them in a drawer as of now. Do you give the teeth BACK to the kids? Oh no. Surely not.

What do we do all with all these teeth, you guys?

ALSO, elementary school wallet photos. Can we talk about this for a moment because clearly I need a life.

It came up in my school mom friends’ text the other night. Why aren’t the kids exchanging their wallet photos like we did in the ’80s?!

First of all, I’ll tell you why. No one wants to spend a billion dollars on 13 wallet photos. It is absurd how much these packages cost.

Second, is the moment just gone? Are we just not doing that anymore? Did the digital age just completely MOW US DOWN? I’m fine.

Do your kids exchange their photos? If they do you probably still eat at the Pizza Hut on Friday nights and play Pour Some Sugar on Me from the jukebox. You have no idea how jealous that makes me.

Garden pros: I’ve decided that first of all, I’m never growing pumpkins again. What a #*$&% pain in the @#*$*@#% #$%. While it was fun in the beginning and “oh, look at our patch, we’re so Charlie Brown right now!” – no. Not doing that again. It ate my entire fence line and the leaf and vine prickles are too much for my life. Nope. Get out. We did harvest the below, though! And a bunch of mini white ones that I’ll scatter around the house this weekend. Maybe.

But! I decided that next year I’m going to grow a TON of Erigeron karvinskianus (definitely copy and pasted that from the Goog) – which is also known as Mexican fleabane daisies. I saw a photo on Pinterest and immediately collapsed. LOOK AT THIS. I think they might even be called Seaside daisies? I’m not 100% on that. Might be a ton of varieties. But I’m going to order a bunch of seeds over the winter and go mad bonkers in the spring. I wonder if I can buy them as a seedling, or if it’s better to just grown them from seed. Do you know?

Also, ranunculus. Can I grow those from seed here in this Kansas City climate? I think a full fence line of marigolds, cosmos, ranunculus and Mexican fleabane would be outrageously pretty.

And I’m thiiiiiinking that while the arch did really well this first year with Morning Glory plants (never boomed though!), I’d like some color. What do we think about a Black-eyed Susans vine? Like a Blushing Black-eyed Susan vine! All those blush pinks and darker tones, oh my word. I know I know, Halloween is first. I need to chill.

Have you decided what you’ll be for Halloween yet? We have. I’ll show you later.

Weekend plans?

It’s going to rain a good bit of today and I could sob a river of happy. But the sun comes out just in time for mom friend patio night tonight! Also known as, I’m WEARING THE BLAZER.

Other than that, reading and nesting and violently ripping out pumpkin vines and baking bread. What bread? I have yet to decide. That is my version of rebellion. Not knowing what bread to bake yet. We’ll be okay.

From this week! Apple Brie Skillet Pie. OKAY, why aren’t you making this yet? This weekend! Also, Bev’s Imaginary Book Cluuuuuub. Come and chat. Stat. Haha! Oh.

Okay so the teeth….should we get all Gillian Flynn with them? ew.

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10 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jennifer C. September 23, 2022 at 10:07 am #
    I can't believe you asked about "the teeth"! We're moving next week so I'm rummaging through drawers that haven't been touched in a long time and I found the ziploc bag full of my son's baby teeth. He's 26 now and just happened to be over at the house so I walked over to him and tossed them in his lap and said, "you want these?" I had to tell him what they were. He was SO disgusted! He made me throw them away! So funny! He kept asking why I kept them. I said, "what else was I suppose to do with them?" Obviously that was before I had internet friends to ask.
  2. Hadar September 23, 2022 at 10:10 am #
    My nanny made a little pouch for me to collect my teeth in, I still have it 😂 I do not have a distinct memory of receiving all previous teeth back but I guess I did?
  3. Sarah September 23, 2022 at 10:27 am #
    I was keeping the teeth in a baggie in our safe until my husband told me it was giving off serial killer vibes. Now I throw them away, but feel weird every time I do it.
  4. Amanda September 23, 2022 at 10:44 am #
    Teacher here! I’ve wondered this also about the wallet pictures. But yes, hardly anyone buys them. So when they come in like 4 kids have pictures and I make sure they get safely home. I’ve occasionally had a kid bring one back to give me, but they don’t bring them back for everyone. And yes, the packages are a billion dollars and don’t come with the 20 wallet sized ones that we would need. It’s too bad!
  5. Kristin September 23, 2022 at 11:50 am #
    I have tried ranunculus several times from corms several times here in KC. One year I got nada. Another year I got short-lived plants, but no flowers. Don't recommend.
  6. Mindy September 23, 2022 at 12:09 pm #
    As the daughter of a saver of all the teeth, I’ve thrown each one away as it’s been left for the TF (well I made my husband do it because I’m not a monster who throws away pieces of my child). But I think it’s weird my mom has mine. Like what rituals has she been performing all these years?
  7. Caitlin September 23, 2022 at 1:35 pm #
    When my niece found out about the tooth fairy she was in pure denial- she asked my sister for her teeth abck because of course the tooth fairy didn’t some my sister STOLE THEM. Black eyed Susan vine… we did one on a post in our backyard this summer (we also live in PV) and while they are supposed to be very heat/sun tolerant it barely bloomed. Maybe 1 flower on the entire thing… it lived all summer thru the heat and was very viney and leafy but barely bloomed. I was disappointed!
  8. Glynis Railton September 23, 2022 at 1:39 pm #
    We were burgled and the burglar took my jewellery box where my children's teeth were stored (along with the jewellery) - I'll bet they got a surprise when they opened that bag up!
  9. Missy September 23, 2022 at 3:45 pm #
    My sweet MIL saved...well...everything. So when my hubbs and I got married, guess what? WE GOT EVERYTHING. Like, totes of baby outfits, shoes, hair? Of course my husband doesn't want it but feels obligated to keep it. Don't tell but I secretly throw stuff away little by little. (It's not even stuff I could give to GoodWill. It's scratchy and pilly and etc.) I decided right then and there that I wouldn't do that to my hypothetical daughter/son-in-laws. Throw the teeth. And only keep stuff if YOU (the collective us) want it. Ok, good luck with those little head bones. 🥴
  10. Amy Meek September 23, 2022 at 4:36 pm #
    The teeth came in handy when they needed a science fair project. My daughter soaked teeth in a variety of drinks to show which ones stained more. Then they went in the trash after the science fair!

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