Simone had been chatting away when I noticed a black hole. A flash of her signature smile confirmed it. One of her bottom teeth had gone AWOL.
Simone delighted in the tooth’s absence, and I had a question. How much does a tooth go for these days? A quick survey revealed some Tooth Fairies pay upward of $5 per tooth. This Tooth Fairy was willing to pay that amount, but the Tooth Fairy Co-Conspirator thought that was a bit much. Per tooth? Are you kidding me? No way.
I reminded the Tooth Fairy Co-Conspirator that children discuss these things and word would soon get around that the Tooth Fairy had lowered her rates. The rate, though, wasn’t really the issue. I wanted something different and meaningful. The survey had revealed some Tooth Fairies give silver dollars in exchange for lost teeth. This information gave me an idea. Simone has been reading about Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian guide who assisted Lewis and Clark as they traveled west.
Sacagawea has her own gold-colored coin. Perfect. A gift and a history lesson. There was only one problem. Where does the Tooth Fairy get one of those on the weekend and on such short notice? The answer, for now, is the Tooth Fairy didn’t find the coveted Sacagawea. The Tooth Fairy Co-Conspirator went to the grocery store and found one of those golden presidential dollars with the Statue of Liberty on one side.
After all of that trouble, Simone didn’t look under her pillow the next morning, until I asked her whether she had received anything special. She admired her new gold coin and then placed it in her piggy bank for safekeeping. As for the Tooth Fairy, she will order a roll of Sacagawea dollars from the U.S. Mint, because the next missing tooth is just around the corner.