What’s The Going Rate For The Tooth Fairy These Days?
This weekend, I called my sister to rehash my love life.
Suddenly I could hear her turning to a small child in the background. “Do you want to tell Aunt Jessie the big news?” she asked. “No!” My five-year-old niece M. replied.
“Tell me, what’s the big news?” I asked my sister, wondering what constitutes “big news” in kindergarten.
“M. lost her first tooth!” my sister said. “The tooth fairy left five dollars last night.”
“FIVE DOLLARS?!?!” I shouted into the phone.
To be fair, it was M.’s first lost tooth. Perhaps the Tooth Fairy got overzealous. But still. Is this just inflation in action or was I seriously gipped back in the late ’80s?
Back in the day, I think the Tooth Fairy left me a quarter per tooth or maybe a few quarters, if I was lucky. On one special occasion, she left a present under my pillow (a book of poems) after I’d had a tooth pulled out at the dentist’s office using Novocaine. But, no, I never acquired enough cash losing my teeth to wander away from “Sesame Street” and buy myself a latte.
My sister suggested the Tooth Fairy might be less generous going forward, but who knows. Now there’s a precedent to follow. Which reminds me, BRB, off to knock out some of my own teeth.
Am I just miserly and old? Or is $5-per-tooth the going rate these days? Parents of small drippy children who occasionally bleed from their mouths, please let us know in the comments.
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