Tooth Fairy Generosity (aka–insanity)
So, Noah has his first loose tooth. He has been waiting, not-so-patiently I might add, for this day. The look on his face when he came and told me he thought his tooth was loose we priceless. Most of the girls in his class have already lost lots of teeth. They have one boy in their class who is on the older side (that’s a nice way of saying it right?) who has lost like 7 or 8 teeth, but none of the other boys Noah’s age have. So, it’s very exciting.
The tooth is just wiggly–and probably 3 or so weeks away from being ready to really fall out–but this didn’t stop conversations about the tooth fairy. I am in no real way stingy. So when we were all talking on family vacation about the Tooth Fairy and what she brings, I thought $3 for your first tooth and $1 for each tooth after. That seemed reasonable, right? Okay, so now I know that it isn’t.
The day after vacation I got the following text from my brother informing me that the going rate for a tooth is $3.00.
So, I thought $3 isn’t so bad. It seems a bit crazy, but you certainly can’t buy anything with a $1 like you used to. I still remember penny candy and going to the local Ben Franklin and being able to get a bag of candy for $1 and it was a lot–now? Not so much.
I resigned myself that I’d be shelling out about $60 over the next few years for teeth that have fallen out of my son’s mouth.
At dinner the other night, Noah happily declared, “I know how much the tooth fairy leaves!!”
Oh pardon me as I spit out my wine all over the table. “What?”
“Ten Dollars, Mom. The tooth fairy brings TEN DOLLARS.”
Are you kidding me? These aren’t the first kids in the world to lose teeth. Ten bucks for a tooth. So, now. I have to leave Ten Dollars for my kids first tooth. Then who the hell knows. I am still flabbergasted that $10 is actually what the going rate seems to be in the world of private school. I know I shouldn’t be surprised. For one of Noah’s classmates birthday’s-the parents of said child had an ice cream truck come to school.
So, what does the tooth fairy leave in your house?