Confessions of a really bad Tooth Fairy
When my oldest son lost his first tooth, I was going to leave $1 but then my nosy mother spoke up in front of him and said, "I thought she left $2 these days and that you get more for your first tooth." The witch is getting back at me for being a mouthy teen, I just know it.
So I left $10 for the first tooth, $2 for the second. One time his tooth got knocked out playing with a friend and there was blood, so he got $10 for pain and suffering. We are nuts, right? You'd think the kids would figure me out from my inconsistency alone.
Then there are the times the Tooth Fairy forgot and so I went searching, wadded up bills in hand, looking through the sheets before tossing the wad under the bed for him to discover so I could say, "Oh, there it is, you must have knocked it out of the bed while you were dreaming."
And then there are the nights neither of us had any cash on us so we had to break into the poor kid's own stash of birthday money (to be repaid later, I swear) so that the Tooth Fairy didn't stiff him.
Even worse are the parents who leave $20 or more. My son asked me why Billy gets $20 and he only gets $2. I wanted to tell him that it's because Billy's dad is a lawyer and he's feeling guilty about leaving Billy's mommy for a young chickie, but that would be wrong. So I tell them the Tooth Fairy leaves everyone the same amount but sometimes parents sneak in an add some more.
Please tell me I'm not alone in my crimes.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne