Lisa Ray lost her father Lenoir when she was 6 years old. She doesn’t have many clear memories of her father, but one memory of when she lost her first baby tooth stands out.
After helping Lisa remove her first tooth, Lenoir sat Lisa down and explained that the Tooth Fairy would be on her way to collect the tooth as Lisa slept, and that she would leave a quarter in its place. Lisa showed the tooth to her older sister Vicki before dutifully placing the tooth under her pillow, climbing into bed, and drifting off to sleep. The next morning Lisa woke up, reached under the her pillow and found that her tooth was still there. Lisa ran to her parents and held out her hand with the tooth in it.
“Mama started to say something and Daddy just threw his hand out and stopped me and said ‘Lisa, ‘Ray’ is at the end of the alphabet. The Tooth Fairy must have been really busy last night. You’ve got to go back to bed and you’ve got to go to sleep now!’”
Lisa ran back to bed and tried to force herself go to sleep until she actually started to doze off.
“I heard these heavy footsteps coming across the floor,” said Lisa. “I thought, don’t fairies fly?” She felt a large hand slide under her pillow and then heard the footsteps cross back to the door. “I just had to look. I saw the back of a bald head that looked just like my Dad’s.”
The door shut then Lisa reached under her pillow and found her quarter. Right at that moment Vicki came into the room.
“Vicki, I don’t think there is a Tooth Fairy,” said Lisa. “I think it’s Daddy.”
Lisa explained what she had seen and Vicki responded, “Well, that wasn’t Daddy, Lisa. That was the Gentle Giant. He helps the Tooth Fairy when she is busy!”