From Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

The Tooth Fairy

As parents, we always hope to develop character traits in our children that will enhance their success in life. When our daughter Meegan, the eldest of five children, lost her front tooth at the age of six, we found the following note wrapped around the tiny tooth:

Der Tooth Fary. Pleze leve me yor majik wand. I can help. I want to be a tooth fary too.

Luv Meegan

Recognizing potential leadership skills, precious opportunity and the teachable moment, the “Tooth Fary” left the following note for little Meegan:

Dear Meegan,

I have worked hard to be a good Tooth Fairy and I love my job. You are too young for the job just now, so I cannot give you my wand. But there are some things that you can start to do to prepare yourself for the job:

1) Always do your best in every job that you do.

2) Treat all people as you wish to be treated.

3) Be kind and helpful to others.

4) Always listen carefully whenever people speak to you.

I will interview you one day when you are older and ready for the job.

Good Luck, Meegan!
The Tooth Fairy

Meegan was thrilled at the response from the Tooth Fairy. She took the message to heart and carefully followed the instructions, always working to improve as she grew. Her character, her strength and her leadership skills grew right along with her.

After graduating magna cum laude from college, Meegan accepted a challenging management position. She excelled, and by age 27, she was the top manager of the company.

One day Meegan and I were talking about her success. She told me that the company president had once asked her what influences had motivated her toward success.

“What did you tell him?” I asked.

She replied, “My parents, my teacher and my friends. And, of course, the Tooth Fairy!”

Suzanne Moustakas

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