National Tooth Fairy Day
I love tradition. I love pomp and circumstance, ceremony, and overly anticipated events. In fact, getting to experience rites of passage such as visits from Santa and the Tooth Fairy from the parent side of the equation is one of the things that I most looked forward to when my husband and I decided to start a family. When my daughter finally had her first loose tooth, not only did I help the tooth to come out, but I also thought long and hard about what the tooth fairy would bring.
I have no memories of the tooth fairy from my own childhood, so I turned to other parents on Facebook and Twitter to see what the going rate is these days. I was surprised to find out that a baby tooth can bring anywhere from twenty five cents to twenty dollars on the tooth fairy market! I didn't want to go overboard, but I had to do something special. My daughter was born two months early and didn't grow her first tooth until she was 15 months old, so that little white treasure falling out was a huge event in my opinion. I had to mark its passing with something grand.
Do you remember Sacajawea gold dollar coins? For awhile there was talk that they would replace paper money, and somehow I ended up with a couple rolls of the heavy, shiny coins in a change purse. I decided that my daughter's first tooth would bring two gold Sacajawea's and each subsequent tooth would be worthy of just one. Two teeth into the experience, however, the rules changed on us.
On Halloween of last year I bumped my daughter's very loose and very disgusting top front tooth and suddenly it was hanging from...well, I don't know what it was hanging from, but there wasn't much of it. I begged my daughter to pull the tooth the rest of the way out with the promise of a special Halloween tooth fairy present. Three hours later I was sneaking into my daughter's room to put a gold coin and a peanut butter cup next to her bed. With her birthday just around the corner and another loose tooth just hanging on for dear life, I'm fully expecting to hear these words,
"What does the tooth fairy bring if you lose your tooth on your BIRTHDAY!?"
I guess I should start figuring that out now...
February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day! What does the Tooth Fairy bring in your house?