Tara lost a tooth last night and carefully tucked it into the Tooth Fairy pillow at bedtime. The following conversation occurred right after breakfast this morning:
Tara: "Mom, I think the Tooth Fairy left me $10!"
Me: "What?" (looking a little shocked!)
Tara: "I think she left me $10. Probably because I gave her the tooth on the first night."
(Tara usually holds on to teeth in a baggie for months and shows it to everyone. Then loses it; then finds it. Then extorts the tooth fairy with an old tooth.)
Me (thoughts scrambling): "Wow! That would be somethin! I've never heard of the Tooth Fairy giving so much money though. Why do you think she left you $10?"
Tara: "When I got the money out of the pillow I saw a one; maybe I just missed the zero 'cause when I counted all my money I had $12."
Me: "How much did you have before?"
Tara: "I don't know. I thought I paid you for the silly bandz with my $10. I don't think I had one."
Me: "Silly bandz?"
Tara: "Yeah, when we were at Staples!"
Me: (relieved) "Uh-uh! You did NOT pay me for those silly bandz. I think we forgot you owed me. You already had the $10 and the Tooth Fairy gave you $1."
Tara: "Oh, man! I was going to turn my teeth in on time from now on."
Me: (sighing with relief) "I bet you were."