The tooth fairy didn't show up last night. Somehow she managed to leave her little rewards for about 20 other odd teeth, but she missed the boat last night. She was probably out drinking and was passed out on the lawn of some rich kid, where she had to leave a $100 reward. I'm sure this happens somewhere. My children have already informed me that "our" tooth fairy is a stinkin' cheapskate because she only leaves 25 cents and so-and-so, down the street, gets $5 per tooth.
Anyway, the offended 6-year-old came into my room at 5 AM wondering why the tooth fairy hadn't left her anything yet. I went back to her room and she discovered that she forgot to put the tooth under her pillow. Aha! She said she couldn't go back to sleep. I told her to try anyway. I went and scrounged up a quarter and went back to her room, and blessed be God! she was asleep again! So I stealthily put the money into the tooth sack. Another fear I have is that, one day, I will have no quarters in the house and have to put a $5 bill in the sack instead. That will stink because the children will never let the tooth fairy stiff them with a measly 25 cents again. It's bound to happen.