In Mexico, a Mouse is the Tooth Fairy

I just learned from Heather, it is National Tooth Fairy day. Do they make cards for that? And, if so, to whom do I sent them?

Interestingly, and quite conveniently, Shane lost a tooth in Mexico last week. In school a few months ago, the boys learned about tooth fairy traditions around the world. They were most impressed about the Mexican tradition where a mouse┬átakes the tooth and leaves you what you ask for in a note. They were hoping one of them would lose a tooth, and lo and behold, one did. I have a feeling they drew straws, and the winner got to knock the loser’s tooth loose.

I wasn’t crazy about the idea of a mouse sneaking into our suite, but in broken Spanish, we asked around about what we were supposed to do. Seems you can leave the tooth anywhere in your house with a note, and the mouse will find it. We left some cheese too, for good measure. We wanted to make sure the threat of a wall didn’t make him think poorly of all Americans. Heather says the going tooth fairy rate is $5. The mouse (el raton) must converse with our fairy because he left Shane 100 pesos, about 5 bucks. More importantly, he left him with a great memory.

 

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.

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