From the March 2011 magazine.

March 2011: Tooth and consequence

"I am not sure which part of the book has the Promise, “Once you get sober you get to be a good dad and play the Tooth Fairy,” but for me this Promise has definitely come true."

Prior to getting sober, my kids used to hide in the closet when I came home. I wasn’t the greatest dad and was drinking constantly. Now I’ve just celebrated four years of sobriety and I am continually amazed at how good life is and continues to be. The small things in life continue to amaze me.

The other day my 9-year-old daughter came to me, excited that she had a loose tooth. I looked in wonder and noticed that the loose tooth was one that already had a silver cap on it. I told her that the Tooth Fairy gave out a lot of money for teeth with silver on them and that excited her even more. She was hesitant to wiggle it to loosen it further, as it was hurting a bit, so I offered to go get my pliers to help get it out. She resisted that idea and settled for eating an apple to help the cause. After the apple was gone her tooth did fall out and she was looking forward to going to bed and putting the tooth under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy. That night we made a big deal out of it and put the tooth under her pillow in a little box. She went to sleep and several hours later I retired for the night.

-- Ryan C.

El Sobrante, California

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