Ok, so at what age do children stop believing in the tooth fairy? I mean, Jackson is 9, and I don't really think he still believes. I think he just likes to get the money. Can you blame him? But at what point can I just say, "Hand over the tooth. Here's a few dollars." Done.
Besides, it's not like the tooth fairy even does her (his?) job right. Nowadays, it can be several nights before she stops by. And when she finally does get around to it, she never has any cash. She hasn't gone as far as leaving an I.O.U., but I'm certain she's thought of it.
Last night, however, I think she reached her lowest point. She actually borrowed some of Jackson's own money to pay for his tooth. I mean, she fully intends to repay him. But, when she can't even remember to come for the tooth, can she be trusted to remember to reimburse him? Lucky for her, I don't know that Jackson will notice. He has a small sandwich bag of money (from the tooth fairy - kids lost a lot of teeth lately) in his nightstand drawer, and I don't know if he remembers that it's there. This is the kid that never spends his money. I guess it's a good thing that he is so frugal. He definitely knows (and appreciates) the value of a dollar. But he will hold onto it for so long, that he forgets he even has it.
Plus, the tooth fairy is getting a little bold these days. It's like she's not too concerned about being seen or getting caught making the exchange. Maybe she's just burnt out and over it. And the going rate for a tooth these days! Long gone are the days when you used to get a quarter or two. My kids have gotten as much as $10 for a tooth. (To explain, that was only because that was all she had on hand.)
I just need to remind her that there will come a time when there will be no more teeth to lose, and she will be forced to retire. And she will miss sneaking into their bedrooms at night, stealthily hunting in the dark using only her hands searching under their pillow for a tiny tooth, all the while trying not to disturb the sleeping child who would be so confused should he/she wake up and catch her with one hand under his pillow and the other hand holding a few dollar bills. And she will try to remember all those sweet little baby teeth and how excited they were to wake up the next morning to check under their pillow to see if the tooth fairy had indeed visited them during the night. And of course there are a few stories that will make her chuckle - recalling bumping into furniture, knocking over toys, or the teeth that she paid for but never recovered.
It's a thankless job. Someday, they won't care anymore about the tooth fairy and some will even doubt she ever existed. That is, until they have children of their own. Only then might they appreciate her hard work and they might cut her some slack for all those times she forgot. Because she really does love her job. And those swet babAnd just like any job, sometimes you just have to take a step back and remember why you do it in the first place.
In case anyone was wondering, kids will lose all 20 of their baby teeth. With 3 kids, 60 teeth at $5-$10 a pop. Yikes.