The Tooth Fairy is real, right?
I mean, it’s a thing whether we technically “believe” in the Tooth Fairy or not. According to Wikipedia, the Tooth Fairy is envisioned by different cultures as very different beings. Some believe the Tooth Fairy is female (the majority), but still quite a few believe the Tooth Fairy to be male. Some believe it to even be an animal such as a mouse or rabbit. Some cultures believe the Tooth Fairy is not a fairy at all, but rather a male.
According to a study in 2013, here in the United States, the average payment received for a tooth placed underneath a child’s pillow was $3.70. $3.70! Man, when I was a kid, hiking up and down hills both to and from school, in 2 feet of snow, I am quite positive I never received $3.70 for one tooth! Heck, they didn’t even give free refills on Dr. Pepper back then. Sigh…
But I digress. Look, my kids are going to be losing some teeth soon. One of them (my six year-old) has already lost a couple of teeth this year. That’s why I’m writing about it now. See, the thing is—I got caught.
My five year-old caught me going into the room and opening up their door, and placing money beneath the pillow in exchange for money. Well, she’s pretty sure she did.
I had no idea that fairies were supposed to fly and whisk themselves underneath doors and through windows. No, I was not aware that never in the history of time did a fairy open the door using a doorknob. Silly me.
So, I have this dilemma. Should I tell them the truth about their being NO Tooth Fairy? Or should I keep hope alive. After all, my oldest two daughters have gone through the phase of finding out that the Tooth Fairy was not real, and they seem pretty OK about it. I just feel bad, because my five year-old hasn’t even lost ONE tooth yet. That’s not really fair to her, is it? If I just tell her it’s all make-believe?
Anyways, I’ve been doing a lot of “playing it off” with them. In fact, I asked them if it would be OK for a parent to take the place of the Tooth Fairy, if the Tooth Fairy had an extra busy night one night. That was greeted with a roll of the eyes of my six year-old.
I didn’t mean to. I really didn’t mean to get caught. I was super stoked about being the Tooth Fairy again, and I messed it up. Maybe if I just leave enough money under the pillow next time, they won’t care either way…