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Tuesday, April 28 2015 23:32

A Day I've Dreaded Has Come: The Arrival of The Tooth Fairy...

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It's nearing midnight, and I'm sitting here in my office at Rock Father HQ with tears in my eyes. No, I'm not crying, but the eyes are definitely misty with happy tears as I type these words and assess my current surroundings. A Hasbro STAR WARS Millenium Falcon sits a few feet away, flanked by a trio of Fisher-Price Little People riding horses. They look as if they're about to board the ship, while LEGO Spider-man is about to speed by on some sort of motorcycle - a deeper look revealing that he's being chased by LEGO Batman on a Jet Ski. Nearby, a variety of Disney Princesses hold court, while an overturned Step2 stool sits near the girls' art desk, on top of which lies remnants of a few in-progress masterpieces from earlier today. In front of me, three empty cans of Diet Mountain Dew, an almost-empty Coke Zero, project notes scribbled on white paper, and a pile of CDs and DVDs that will probably never be reviewed thanks to the increasingly mythical element known as "time" (or lack thereof). It's nights like this that I realize that each day brings our family closer to the end of these "happy messes," and I don't like it. Kids grow up, and even though ours are technically still little, the reminders are like jabs in the gut. Tonight, The Tooth Fairy will be paying our oldest a visit for the first time, and that's something that I've dreaded.

Addie will be six this year, and it really does freak me out that "time flies" in just the manner that I'd always heard as a younger man, but am now witnessing as a parent. As each of our daughters arrives at a new milestone, it's a happy time for all, but inside I hold a little sorrow in that another piece of childhood is behind us. When it comes to teeth, I've always been a little skittish - so when Addie joyously informed us that she had her first loose tooth, it was my wife who was excited, and it was I who stayed a little more reserved. It was time to start preparing, and that meant ordering a "Tooth Fairy Pillow" that I saw for the first time via Skype while I was in Los Angeles working last month, and the girls were here in Illinois...

It took around six weeks from the time its looseness was first noticed, but today that tooth decided to set itself free. Addie and I were doing some LEGO building while Finn was having an action figure adventure nearby. Addie swore "today is the day!," and she was right. A couple of hours later, one of her lower front incisors became the first to be "lost" as we played outside in the backyard. She was so proud...

 

A quick trip inside was in order to carefully place the tooth safely inside the special pillow.

The real challenge was this whole "Tooth Fairy" issue, and as much as I love having a personal relationship with Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and The Loch Ness Monster, I deferred to Jen on this one. We'd decided awhile ago that the "rate" would be $1 - paid using a gold coin, which proved to be nearly impossible to find, though my wife did manage to track down a single Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin to be used for tonight. 

Those beautiful, beautiful teeth... I'm going to be feeling this way each time one of them makes way for their "grownup" counterpart...

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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