Free Money

4 years ago

My son has been adding up the money that he feels entitled to, for the minor chores that he has been doing around the house, but he was informed that he would not be paid any money, because of his rent-free status, among other things.

So both he and his sister became enamored with the tooth fairy. Both don’t mind losing a tooth or two because they know that a lost tooth means some filler for the piggy bank. My daughter actually tries to coax the tooth out of her mouth before it is quite ready – so eager is she for the spoils that will follow.

But inflation has affected the amount that the tooth fairy now has to leave under the pillow. Reasonable mother that I am, I know that it takes a little more money to buy sweets these days. So they get a little more than I got by with when I was their age. I discovered, however, that with my daughter’s math skills being a little dodgy, I need not have made the adjustment.

Because of the numerous visits that the nebulous lady has to make during the night, there will be one morning when the pillow is raised and the tooth is still there – without any money. In order to quell the disappointment, I explain that she probably had a busy night. So we take up the tooth and return it at bedtime; and I make sure that she, of the gossamer wings, doesn’t forget again.

Once, when we attempted to replace the tooth for the second night in a row, neither myself nor my daughter could find it. However, I convinced her that the tooth fairy would find the lost tooth wherever it was, and the next morning, she found what she was looking for under her pillow.

I happened to mention to my son that we couldn’t find the tooth the night before, and he informed me that he had put the tooth away in the drawer – for safekeeping. I dashed madly to retrieve it before my daughter came back into the room, putting it to rest with all the other lost teeth.

My son is a few years older than his sister and is beginning to concern himself with other things. But he's no fool. He knows free money when he sees it. So, just like the money for gas or groceries, my husband and I continue to budget for lost teeth.

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