In the toddler era, magic exists and is real, plain and simple. For example, the anticipation of a visit by the Tooth Fairy for a newly fallen tooth. First she is a mystical being, magically swapping a precious tooth for a well earned buck. A "few teeth later", she is someone from whom a service is expected. Then it transitions to a re-assuring tradition but not one that meets increasing expectations.
And then, logic and knowledge crowd their way into one’s conscience. Concepts like "permanent teeth," and how they naturally push out “baby teeth.” Magic of a medical kind, yes, but, well, it extracts a dear expense: the tooth fairy’s sparkle fades a bit. As interesting to me is how one does not immediately realize when an "old era" is fading. There’s usually a new tradition or habit distracting us away.
Envelope 1: An Early Request, © 2011, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images)
Envelope 2: Clearer and Bolder, © 2012, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images)
Envelope 3: Pushing for Too Much, Perhaps? © 2012, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images)