The tooth finally came out. It had been wiggly for weeks, and my 6yo had even allowed his dad to try to pull it out once. But it wouldn’t budge; it wasn’t time. But then as we sat down to dinner one night, Miles yelled, “Mom, look!” His front tooth was cocked at a crazy angle, like the bent prong of a metal rake. I reached over and plucked it effortlessly from his mouth. He beamed.
“Mom, you know what this means… Tooth Fairy!” Actually, it sounded more like “Tooththh Fairy,” thanks to that extra space in his teeth.
Somewhere he’d gotten the idea that the Tooth Fairy pays more for front teeth. The Tooth Fairy seems pretty capricious if you ask me. I’ve heard of some kids getting $20(!!) for a tooth, while others get a quarter. She’s only been to our house twice so far, and those times she left gold dollar coins. I thought that was pretty classy of her. Or him. No gender bias here.
That night Miles had it in his head that she was going to leave a dollar bill. “That’s a HUNDRED pennies, Mom!” He was right about that, though I didn’t ask him why he thought a paper dollar was worth more than a dollar coin. The truth is, he’s more interested in money as a physical object than the value of it. Those Sacagawea coins ARE pretty cool. But the Tooth Fairy may not always have those on hand, you know? A dollar bill was probably easier for her to get ahold of. I mean, I would imagine. Not that I’m privy to the specifics of her banking. I don’t know if she goes to a teller or the ATM or…
Then Miles asks, “Why does the Tooth Fairy need all those teeth, anyway?”
“What do you mean?”
“What does she DO with the teeth? Why does she take them and not leave them under the pillow for kids to keep?”
Well, that’s a stumper. “Why don’t you leave a note asking her?” I suggested. So he did.
In the morning, sure enough, there was a crisp dollar bill under his pillow, along with a note on tooth-shaped paper. Who knew the Tooth Fairy had her own stationery? It read:
I love when smiles are missing teeth!
I’ll leave a buck and wish you luck
because with your next tooth
you’ll know the truth.
That Tooth Fairy. What an unpredictable little sprite. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what s/he leaves next time…