After one too many middle-of-the-night loonie hunts and hands furtively sneaking under kid pillows as we wake them, the Tooth Fairy has pretty well been outed in our family as a lazy parental unit. But the knowledge that Mom and Dad do the fairy thing has not, in the kids’ minds, exempted us from keeping up appearances. We must dole out the dollar, or face the wrath of the toothless one.
But we’ve run into a new Tooth Fairy dilemma. Greta lost a tooth in the car en route between Hamilton and Omaha. The tooth was lost on Canadian soil, hence Canadian regulations (one loonie, preferably new and shiny) prevail. However, bedtime happened in the USA, where different regulations (and currency) generally apply. So, if we assume each tooth is worth a dollar (!!!) in the currency of the tooth loser’s residence, the Tooth Fairy math goes like this:
–the tooth is worth one Canadian dollar
–that same dollar is actually $1.04 in the US
–however, the Tooth Fairy bank charges a minimum fee for foreign currency transactions, of $1.00 or 3%, whichever is greater
–this, we give Greta a nickel and call her lucky, right?