The tooth mouse paid our house a visit again the other night. Joel lost his third wiggly "baby" tooth.
SO at bedtime, under the pillow went the little tooth, and voila, there in it's place in the morning were six coins. That dear old tooth mouse left Six South African One Rand coins, in exchange for a fairly well worn little tooth.
Why six rand? Well, because Joel is 6 years old. Last year, when his teeth fell out, Joel was five years old and he got R5, so the tooth mouse kindly considered inflation when he paid his first visit this year. (I do hope that the dear tooth mouse realizes how many milk teeth a child has.)
Emma eagerly awaits the time when she too can have a wiggly tooth.
Only, she insists that the Tooth Fairy is going to come and pop a coin under her pillow, not some common mouse!
A friend told us that in her Xhosa culture, it is customary for the young child to throw the lost tooth over the house and wish for good luck whilst doing so.
One wonders how many different traditions there are around the world celebrating this milestone in a child's life.
So, who comes to visit your house when a milk tooth falls out?