Today is Mom Monday, a day when I talk about my life as a mom. The Centsible Life is a blog about family finance so it’s only fitting that I share my thoughts on mothering.
Last night Audrey lost another tooth. She currently has 4 missing spaces in the front of her mouth, none showing any signs of adult teeth at the moment. Her partly toothless grin is adorable and reminds me of the days she was a toothless and bald baby. I miss those days sometimes (well except the nighttime wake up calls).
She has a little box she places her tooth in and the tooth fairy always leaves her a dollar. Either a gold coin or if the Tooth Fairy is out (or hasn’t been to the bank) a dollar bill.
As we were getting her ready for bed she said she wanted to write the tooth fairy a note asking for $20. $20?! I asked her where the idea came from. Apparently one day at school the conversation turned to losing teeth and the tooth fairy at recess one day and the 1st graders all started talking about what they got. A toy, a $5 bill, but in most cases $1. Then one little person piped up that once the tooth fairy brought them a $20 bill.
I admit I was a little taken aback. I don’t know many people who can afford $20/tooth. Audrey and I mused about why the Tooth Fairy might be giving some kids $20 and others $1. No answer I gave or idea she came up with satisfied her practical and logical brain.
I sent her to bed anyway, asking her not to write a note since the tooth fairy leaves you a gift or dollar-and it’s not polite to ask her for what you want.
I found this in her room:
She didn’t get $20-she got a folded $1 bill. This morning she looked happy but questioning-likely wondering why the tooth fairy wouldn’t honor her request. Hopefully this isn’t the end of the magic-though I think we’re getting close.
As for the $20 tooth- if it was me-and all I had was a $20 bill, I’d dig a nice shiny quarter or 4 out of my change purse.