Rants & Essays

Tooth Sayer

A child's tooth had been loose for weeks, but when it finally wiggled out, the parents still hadn't decided the Tooth Fairy's going rate. They debated back and forth. The quarter they'd received for their baby teeth was worth much less now and could risk disappointment when their daughter looked under her pillow. But the dollar bounty that some classmates were getting seemed high and conveyed the wrong values. So, in the name of tradition, the parents settled on a quarter which the mother, undetected, substituted for the tooth that night.

"She came, she came!" the girl shouted the next morning, waving the coin. "The Tooth Fairy came! I saw her! She was dressed in pink with big, purple-lace wings."

Her parents had forgotten: what the Tooth Fairy is all about is not money, but magic.