Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy allowed the ChickieNob to keep the tooth she lost at the White House. You know, because it’s special. Normally the Tooth Fairy snatches those suckers up: if you want the cash, you need to relinquish the tooth. But the Tooth Fairy understood that this one had sentimental value.
The ChickieNob has no clue what she is going to do with said tooth. It is currently in my drawer.
I hope she doesn’t open the drawer and see the rest of her teeth.
[Fine; I’m the Tooth Fairy. You got me to admit it. Are you happy now? Now that all the magic is sucked out of the universe? I’m the Tooth Fairy.]
Image: Dave Haygarth via Flickr
I have no clue what to do with the teeth. I don’t want to throw them out. I also don’t want to keep a jar of human teeth.
I told her I would get her a small box to store the tooth. Can you imagine that horror show when she’s older? A friend is poking around her drawers and happens upon this cute box. And she opens it up and finds BODY PARTS!!! Because that’s all it is: a body part. We wouldn’t think it’s okay to save our severed thumb in a box if we lost it, but I bet every single one of us either has one of our own or someone else’s tooth.
It makes me feel weak and woozy; similar to how I felt staring at the reliquaries in a Spanish cathedral.
People seemed stunned every time the ChickieNob answered that the Tooth Fairy would bring her a dollar. I thought that was on the low end, but people pulled me aside and said that it was very high. We used to get a quarter, but I assumed the Tooth Fairy would adjust for inflation. A dollar seemed like a good, solid amount. Not too much — the average human child will only lose 20 teeth; meaning, the most we’re out is $40 with twins. But not such a small amount that the child wonders why the Tooth Fairy expects them to lose four teeth just to have enough money to purchase a pack of gum.
Oh, and that’s the other thing that popped up in conversation: some people don’t give money at all. They give toys. Or candy. Or special trips to favourite spots. Is that common? I mean, I could see doing that with the last tooth (wish I had kept better track so I would know how close we are to the final tooth), or the first tooth. But… yeah… we’ve always gone with the dollar.
What did you get from the tooth fairy as a kid? And if you have kids (especially those losing teeth), what are you doing now?