She's holding the little box with her two baby teeth in it.
Yesterday, Nazeret had to have dental work done under sedation. She had several minor things done, but they also removed two baby teeth that were not making room for the permanent teeth that were ready to come in. The doctors were amazing! She was amazing! Recovery was great!
As we were driving off the technician came running out with a little box containing Nazeret's two teeth. I hadn't thought about them because the tooth fairy is NOT going to be visiting our house. I have read that this concept can cause more fear than fun for some adopted children (and really all children). Nazeret wanted to see her teeth and then she made some gestures of throwing something into the air and said "and then the teeth they come in". I was very confused. I didn't know what she was trying to say, so I tossed the little box of teeth into the air and caught it. This made her laugh. She explained it again. I could tell it was something about tossing the teeth into the air and then pray for God to bring your new teeth in. WOW! I still didn't quite have the whole picture, but I thought it was pretty cool. With a little help from another adoptive mom with a child from the Wolayta region of Ethiopia and more explaining from Nazeret, we finally understood that she wanted to throw her teeth where they would stick into the moon and then pray for God to bring in her new teeth. COOL!
We waited for the sun to go down. Michael and Nazeret love to take a swim with the moon and then shower and go to bed (I much prefer swimming with the sun.), so she got her swimsuit on and threw her teeth at the moon. We then said a prayer for God to bring in her new teeth and she went for a swim. It was a very special evening.
Notice how far those feet are off the ground. She wanted to make sure that tooth made it to the moon!