When I picked Buddy up from daycare on Wednesday I found a plastic tooth with his backpack. The school gives the kids plastic tooth-shaped containers to hold their teeth when they fall out, so that they won't lose them.
"Oh! Did your tooth finally fall out?" I asked him.
Buddy looked worried, "Yeah, but I lost it on the playground."
"Well, we'll have to write a note to the tooth fairy," I said.
So that's what we did. That evening Bud composed the following message:
Dear Tooth Fairy,My tooth fell out. I lost it at school.
In the morning, he eagerly checked for money under his pillow but the note was still there. The tooth fairy forgot to come!
We talked it over at breakfast. Hubby told Bud that the tooth fairy probably had a huge influx of teeth to pick up and she was running behind but that she'd pick his tooth up that night. Buddy thought maybe she couldn't find the tooth at school and that he'd only get his money when she found his tooth. I didn't say so, but I thought maybe the tooth fairy was in grad school and that maybe it's midterm and she's up to her ears in deadlines and, so, she's particularly distracted. Monkey didn't know what happened with the tooth fairy, but he thinks dinosaurs are COOOL!
So last night we left the note under Buddy's pillow again and this morning Hubby stopped me in the hall on my way out to make breakfast.
"Here," he said, giving me a nod in the direction of the kids' room while passing me a dollar.
I stared at him dully for a few seconds. "What's this for?"
He nodded towards the kids' room again and raised one of his eyebrows significantly. I watched his facial gymnastics until I remembered. "Oh shit. Has he checked yet?"
"I don't think so."
I tiptoed down to the kids' room and made the exchange, then I went to the kitchen to make breakfast. I let some time pass, then casually asked Buddy, "Did the Tooth Fairy come?"
"I forgot to check!" He jumped up and ran to his pillow.
A few moments passed in silence, then he made his way back out to the living room. He didn't seem excited.
"Didn't she come?" I asked.
"She only left a dollar," he said. "I guess it's because I lost the tooth at school... It's okay, I guess, but it's just not what I was expecting. I thought teeth were two dollars."
He put the money down and went back to his video game.
I didn't say, but I think the tooth fairy is not sure what to think about the price of teeth these days.