Rants & Essays
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.