It is amazing what things make you feel old. Joy discovered her first loose tooth last night. I guess I should have known this was coming, since she has classmates with gaps, but it still snuck up on me. The tooth isn't terribly loose, and I am glad, because it gives me time to think about how the tooth fairy will respond. I think, in addition to a quarter, the tooth fairy will also be bringing some dental care item to help in caring for the new tooth - toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, or other such stuff. I am also a little unsure of what to do about the extraction process. Joy wanted to set an appointment with the dentist, but I don't think that will happen. When I was a little girl, if we didn't want to pull it out by ourselves, Dad used the magic tooth pullers (a pair of needle-nose pliers.) Usually, we would work the tooth until we were bored, and by then it would be ready for the pullers. Joy is a normal child and is ready to have it pulled now that it has started to get loose. Fortunately, we live right by my dad, so we have an appointment in 10 minutes to see if the tooth is ready for the magic tooth pullers. Hmm, I think after seeing them, Joy may try to work it out a little more on her own!