Friday, September 17, 2010

Losing Teeth

Katherine lost a tooth today.  She was eating watermelon at school, which tells you how loose the tooth was.  She was quite pleased.
Almost exactly a year ago Katherine lost another tooth.  In China.  She lost her first tooth a few days before we travelled and the tooth next to it was so loose that it sort of migrated to the middle of the gap.  It was pretty strange looking. After a week it was hanging by a thread and just needed to come out.  So I threatened to take her to this guy.
She let me pull the tooth that afternoon! 

Katherine eagerly told our guide that the Tooth Fairy was going to come.  He looked at us and asked incredulously "Tooth Fairy?"  We explained the concept and he laughed and laughed.  "Children actually believe this?" he asked.  Well, yeah.  He thought the idea of a little flying fairy digging under children's pillows to collect teeth and leave cash in compensation was about the silliest thing he'd ever heard.  So we asked what kids in China did with their baby teeth.  He said, "They throw them on the roof for good luck, of course."  (And children believe that?)  Katherine pointed out that we were staying on the 27th floor of a hotel so the roof was not too accessible.  Besides, she wanted money.  So that night the Tooth Fairy came.  But she left the cash in Chinese RMB.

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