Let’s consider this post another one in the #WhyILoveMyHusband series. Here’s why.
Our oldest child Lucy lost her first tooth one year ago right around Christmas. It almost caused a minor meltdown (me, not the kid) because it was just one more thing to add to my to-do list during a season that can be already hectic with gift buying, forming and celebrating family traditions, and simply trying to make life a little more fun for the kids. Oh, and I had just delivered a baby. It all seems so silly as I type it out. I mean, c’mon, it’s just a tooth, right? Put a quarter under the pillow and call it good. What’s the big deal? But … well, just but. Let’s leave it at that. Joel recognized that I was about to take the whole family down and out with my minor meltdown, and in heroic fashion, stepped in and saved the day by creating a Das Schmidt Haus Tooth Fairy Policy.
When in doubt, look to the saints for inspiration, right? Turns out St. Apollonia is the patron of all things teeth. Joel thought it would be fun to give St. Apollonia power-of-tooth-fairy privileges and allow her to introduce Lucy to some saintly women. So when Lucy woke up the morning after losing her first tooth, she found a prayer card and medal of St. Cecilia in her handy dandy tooth pillow. As Lucy has continued to lose teeth throughout the past year, she’s been introduced to more powerhouse female saints. Our hope is to one day have our favorite jeweler create a charm bracelet of sorts for her with all the saint medals she’s been given by St. Apollonia.
After reading the terrific book My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell, I’m especially thankful that Joel came up with such a fun and creative way to introduce our daughter to saintly women who she can look to for inspiration and guidance. I suppose we’ll have to alter the tradition a bit for our son, but I’ve got money on Joel figuring out something fun for him, too.
I want to hear about fun, creative, maybe even unusual ways you’ve introduced the saints to your children. Surely we can’t be the only weird Catholics out there, right? Right?!?