Monday, April 02, 2007

Esprit d'entrepreneur

I've just returned from Nantes, where I left the boys in the care of their French grandparents. It's school vacation, AGAIN, and I, of course, still have to work.

When I left, Boy1 had a very loose tooth. The first to fall. When I talked to him this evening, I could hear him jumping up and down. My tooth fell out, my tooth fell out!

While he was eating, he said, and with no blood or pain (he was worried about that part).

He paused and said, quite seriously, Mama, I'm going to be sooooo rich!

Oh yeah, why is that?

Well, in France, the Little Mouse brings money when we lose a tooth. And in the United States, it's the Tooth Fairy. And since I'm French and American, they're both going to come and give me money for every tooth! Can you imagine that? All these teeth and I get paid for them twice!

That is rich.

I wanted to tell him to save the money for possible orthodontics, but I didn't have the heart.

9 comments:

Christina said...

haha-i knew that dual citizenship would come in handy sometime!

beth said...

I wonder how much the tooth fairy's rates have gone up since you and I lost teeth?

zeb said...

The real question is how will you give him US money from the US tooth fairy?

Christina said...

good point dad....do u have US money in storage?

Nicole said...

christina and zeb - I don't have any US money in storage - I'm thinking I'll tell him the tooth fairy knew he wouldn't be able to spend it here and thought euros would be more practical.

beth - good question - how much is a tooth going for these days?

Doc said...

You could just tell him that due to the US's new import/export rules and the Patriot Act the tooth fairy is no longer able to export his services to Europe. In any case, he'd need to fill in a form of prenotification with the FDA, USDA and US Customes, in triplicate, five weeks in advance, with the exact date the tooth is going to fall out so he can have the money wired into his American bank account which will have been frozen because of all the foreign transactions (ATM withdrawals) that are proof positive of his terrorist activities on the playground.

(sorry, did I just get political?)

zeb said...

Remind me next time we are over I will bring you some dollar bills or dollar coins, they won't be able to spend it but it might be fun to see their faces.

Lorraine said...

Smart kid. (And FYI, the going rate for the Tooth Fairy in the Seattle metro area is $1, less if the tooth has a cavity in it). "Really?" ssid The Child. "Well, sure, what's she going to do with a nasty old tooth with a cavity in it?"

Good way to encourage brushing.

Mercenary, I am.

Laura said...

hey, just found your blog through Doc's, and I was SO surprised to see you live in Laval! I was an English assistant there last year! Would love to hear your impressions of it...