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

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.


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