Deep Thought Thursday: Tooth Fairy

Posted on 30 September 2010

Does anyone else think it’s weird that we are born with no teeth, and then we grow baby teeth, and then they fall out one by one and we perform a ritual where we pay kids for their teeth? Or is it just me? Not to mention the strangeness that comes later, like wisdom teeth and tooth-whitening strips.

When you were a kid, did you actually put the tooth under your pillow for the Tooth Fairy? That sounds like a risky operation for parents — the tooth could easily get lost under there, or you could wake the kid up when trying to find it.

My mom had my brothers and me place our baby teeth in a little cup on our nightstands, which I think was pretty brilliant. We’d wake up and a few coins or a dollar bill would be in the tooth’s place.

I knew other kids who got to collect payment even though the Tooth Fairy let them keep their teeth anyway. What a joke. At least I learned that to earn money, you have to sacrifice a part of your very being. That’s a life lesson, people.

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