Henry Warren's son Sam recently lost a tooth, and Warren decided the tooth fairy needed to respond in a way that encouraged his son to get better at dental hygiene. The resulting letter will prepare Sam for a lifetime of dealing with dodgy gym membership contracts.
After the ingenious letter went viral on Twitter, Henry Warren spoke to BuzzFeed about Sam's reaction to the tooth fairy's correspondence. Apparently, Sam was "rather chastened," but "one is never too young to be exposed to petty bureaucracy." After all, the Warren family is British, and it apparently is the British way.
"Whilst the tone may have come across as a touch harsh, we think people should take the time to appreciate how hard it is being a tooth fairy in Theresa May’s Britain," said Henry. "The Department of Tooth Fairies (DoTF) has not been immune to austerity. Barry’s hours are long, the pay is poor, (the free dental is obviously a plus) but overall it’s a tough gig."
"We’re sure that Barry was just processing the tooth through the proper channels," Henry said. "He’s a stickler. One has to be these days."
From the Twitter response, it seems like Henry is inspiring other parents to take similar action. Pity the poor children who will get similar letters from pedantic tooth fairies in the future.
When I was 6, my sister swallowed her tooth. My lawyer dad wrote "An Affidavit for a Lost Tooth" to stop her tears. There are even endnotes.— Megan Leo (@megannleo) September 8, 2017