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He was waiting for me when I got out of the bathroom, and he was holding a tiny, bloody tooth in his hand.
"I just wiggled it a little bit," my little boy told me. "And it came out. I didn't even think it was that loose."
It was late, really late, but somehow, the tooth fairy managed to find him that night. At our house, the tooth fairy is pretty thrifty. I've heard tales where she leaves $5, even $10, even higher, but here, she just leaves $2. (He lost a tooth, after all - not a limb.)
The next night, the boy came to me, tooth fairy money in hand. "Mom, you had a long day," he said. "You can have this."
I laughed, assuming he was joking. "Honey, that's your tooth money. Put it away."
He looked puzzled. "But I don't need the money. I have enough." He put it in my hand and walked away. The next day, his school library started a book drive; Scholastic was matching any monetary donations with books to non-profit organizations. I gave him back his money, and he gave it to his school.
I think I could learn a little something from that kid.