Friday, April 3, 2015
A Little Moxie, A Little Mischief: Tooth Fairy Treasures
I didn't know exactly what the dollar rate on teeth would be in my house, but it definitely wasn't going to be $20. That night, I found a random $5 bill in the depths of my wallet, threw it in an envelope and used some markers to make it look semi-presentable. I included a joke from the fairy about my son snoring while he sleeps. It was the best I could do last minute. The next morning he appeared unimpressed by the $5 but laughed hysterically at the thought of the Tooth Fairy noting that he snores. I realized that although my kid likes to earn money, what he really likes, more than anything in the world, is the unexpected and the unusual. The kid loves a surprise, and money was not a surprise.
When my kiddo lost his second tooth a mere 4 days later, I was prepared. I grabbed a small glass jar and a handful of gemstones from my childhood collection. The next morning, when he woke up, my kiddo was happy to discover his tooth was gone and the Tooth Fairy had instead left a beautiful gift on his bedside table. He thought it was the coolest thing ever! And with that, it was determined that the tooth fairy would no longer leave money, because these gifts of little teeth are too precious to put a price tag on. Instead, the Fairy will leave a little piece of her magic behind in exchange. My son, who happens to know the real deal about the Easter Bunny and Santa, has no doubts about the existence of this feisty little tooth collecting fairy. After discovering his gift, he turned to me wide-eyed with excitement and wondered what treasure she would bring next. When he proudly showed his sisters his treasure, my 4-year-old immediately began to run her fingers along her teeth check for potential looseness. Her disappointment at all her teeth being in-tact was short lived and the kiddos began to rattle off potential gifts that may be fond next. Needless to say, our house is buzzing with excitement and wonder about when our fairy friend will visit next.
I gave myself major mom points for my flash of brilliance, and a pat on the back for saving myself many trips to the bank for actual cash.