Dani finished school term one today. He brought with him the school photographs taken during the first week of term almost 10 weeks ago.
While I am still trying to catch up (in this blog) on the places we visited during the summer holidays, Dani now has three more weeks off school. Unlike the UK where the kids (and teachers) have a week long half term holiday here in Australia they continue to Easter, Christmas/summer etc holidays and then take that week. So this Easter we have three weeks of fun to look forward to.
In Spain they too go without a half term week’s break. But there they tend to store those up for extra long summer holidays.
Tooth Fairy (still) Waits…
Dani is slow to lose his milk teeth. None have fallen out as yet, but he has two lower incisors growing (fairly large now) behind them. Like a shark! Two rows of teeth! We took him to the dentist a couple of weeks ago and he said if they have not fallen out by the end of the Easter holidays then we had to take him back to have them pulled. Ugh!
Apparently the going rate per tooth here is one dollar. Cheap enough. He will lose four in the next few weeks whether he likes it or not. I have even offered to knock them out for him, which of course he just laughs at. He knows me too well. But at least that gets him trying to wiggle them loose.
The Innocence of a Child
While we were coming back from school today I mentioned that the tooth fairy may be paying a visit during the holidays. It must have triggered his curious mind. Because then Dani asked me something genuinely innocent yet so honest. He was so serious that it was actually quite funny and I had to twist a laugh into a cough.
He said, “I don’t understand something. How can Santa and the Easter bunny make and deliver toys and chocolate eggs. It just doesn’t make any sense. And how do the eggs have plastic wrapping on them?”
Now I don’t really want to be the one to spoil this part of his innocent childhood so I managed to divert his line of questioning by just replying; “Well there are lots of things that don’t make sense in life. Aren’t there?” He repeated how confused he was by it all and I just retold basically the same line. Then he switched subjects in the blink of an eye. It seemed to work.
There is something wonderful about children believing in things like Santa, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy. It will be a definite milestone in his childhood when he learns the truth. Or will it? Who knows what the truth is these days anyway?
I am prepared to wait, for now. But should he find out from his parents or from other children in school, perhaps making fun of him? Tricky one…