It finally happened, my kid lost his first tooth. God, was he excited. I think he had felt like a leper for not losing any teeth in kindergarten. I sensed him feeling the Olympic tension in the room as each child would come in, annouce to the world that they lost a tooth, and then go up to the teacher and receive their plastic tooth case for the tooth. It killed him to not receive one. As I mentioned in earlier posts, his teacher reassured him, he could return in first grade to collect his case. And as it turns out, he will return today to meet his new teacher and collect on his tooth.
I for one am still somewhat unclear about the origins of the tradition. It seems like an odd way to celebrate the loss of a tooth. It sounds like a bad government program. Actually, it is more like a special deal the local pawn shop, currency exchange, or loan shop might offer. In addition, I could envision the mafia using a tooth for cash program as an incentive for its younger members. But for the rest of us, it seems rather strange.
As my wife and I were pondering the pressure on a kid to lose that first tooth, it led me to wondering about the going rate for a lost tooth. She indicated that the tooth fairy dropped a $5.00 bill on a couple of his friends. I was shocked! How does the tooth fairy afford this? Should all teeth be worth the same? I can see the top two collecting a 5 spot, but the lower teeth can’t be worth more than a buck a piece. And does the tooth fairy take the tooth or leave it.
My kid wanted the tooth fairy to leave the tooth, so we put in a request that he not take the tooth, but leave some money. So he could bring the tooth to school and cash in there. I’m starting to wonder what it would be worth on ebay. Didn’t I read about a guy who started out with a paperclip and ended up with a house in Canada?