Yesterday, Yashzna’s 1st milk tooth finally dropped. She was running around the house when suddenly she ran to me and pointed to the empty space between her teeth. I asked her for her tooth and she gave me a blank look. I started searching around the area and spotted it on the carpet. When I showed the tooth to her, she asked me, “Will the tooth fairy visit me tonight?”
Now speaking about tooth fairies, how did this legend came about anyway?
According to Wikipedia,
The tooth fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood. The folklore states that when a child loses a baby tooth, if he or she places it beneath the bed pillow, the tooth fairy will visit while the child sleeps, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.
Kids all over Europe and US and in recent times, here is Asia too are placing their tooth under the pillow awaiting payment from the tooth fairy. WHO is this mysterious tooth fairy? Why, PARENTS, of course! Parents leave a certain amount of money under their kids’ pillows so that the legend of the tooth fairy is kept alive. Some parents go to the extent of leaving fairy dust trails by the bed so that it looks real to the kids.
So how much does one put under the pillow? According to a survey done last year by Visa Inc. on the average amount received by American children for each tooth (I guess people do want to know the income gained from tooth fairies), $3.70 per tooth! Now, if you convert that to Malaysian Ringgit, that’s RM12.46!!! That was last year’s amount, with yearly inflation rate and next year’s GST implementation, I could be looking at RM15 per tooth in 2015! **faints**
With all price hikes, I don’t think the price for a tooth would be coming down anytime soon. To all parents out there, start saving for this expenditure as well. List it under “Tooth Fairy expense”.
Do you want to know how much did I put under my daughter’s pillow?
The “tooth fairy” is in financial crisis! 🙂
(Pic below from the movie “Tooth Fairy” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)
I wouldn’t mind this tooth fairy coming to me in my sleep 🙂