When we were kids, we left our lost teeth under our pillows and got a whopping...
...twenty-five cents per tooth. My mom would get into it and write notes from the tooth fairy, and once my aunt even painted tiny footprints onto the paper.
Now, as a grown-up, it's funny to approach it from the other side. My friends say they sneak in, terrified that they'll wake up their kids--it's hard to root around and find a single tooth under a sleeping child's pillow. My friend once forgot to leave money (she totally blanked!) so she had to tell her teary child the next morning that the tooth fairy must have been delayed en route. Another friend's daughter lost a tooth late one evening, so he had to race to the deli at midnight to quickly break a $20.
And what's the going rate? My friend's daughter was confused to find a crisp dollar bill under her pillow, explaining that the other kids at her private school get a staggering $40 per tooth. (That's $800 per mouth!) To escape the tooth-fairy rat-race, a NYT writer had the brilliant idea to leave his daughters foreign currency and teach them about the world.
What about leaving a $2 bill? My brother used to always leave restaurant tips with them; they feel rare and cool, but are easily available at the bank. Or how about rad folded money? :)
My mom recently told me about the episode of "This American Life" that talks about the tooth fairy--have you heard it? Ira Glass chats with a girl named Rebecca, who became convinced that her friend's dad, Ronnie Loeberfeld, was the tooth fairy. Every time she saw him, she was totally starstruck.
What about you? How much did the tooth fairy leave you when you were little? How much do you leave your children? Is it fun to moonlight as the tooth fairy?I'd love to hear your tooth-fairy thoughts:) xo
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(Photo by Heide Benser/New York Times)