Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Something Only an Expat Parent Would Ponder...

So...

Your child loses his first tooth. You know the drill... Put the tooth under the child's pillow at night, and the tooth fairy will come.

But wait a minute. Your husband is Finnish, but from the Swedish-speaking part of the country. Your children go to the Swedish school. And you live in Moscow.

So what currency will the tooth fairy bring??! Swedish Kronas? Euros? Rubles? Dollars?

I met a mom this past weekend who related the above scenario to me. And to think we find it a bit complicated juggling between Rubles and Dollars, with the occasional Euro thrown in. In addition to the tooth fairy, what about allowances? Toy cash registers? Math workbook problems?

Another consideration—if your kids are like mine, what language do you use to write her a note when you leave your tooth? What language does she answer you in?

The whole question of the tooth fairy can be further complicated in mixed-culture families. Does the fairy come, or a mouse (a mouse comes in France, a rat in Spain, and either a fairy or a mouse in Italy)? In various Asian countries you could throw your tooth onto the roof or at the sun... Russia has no tooth fairy tradition, much to envy and disbelief of the girls' classmates.

By the way, check out this adorable tooth fairy pillow I found on ebay... Monogrammed with matrioshkas...

I thought to post this all because Katya has lost two teeth in the past two weeks... We still continue our own special twist on the tooth fairy tradition... She leaves enough rubles for the girls to always go buy new toothbrushes and toothpaste to donate to the orphanage.

7 comments:

The Expatresse said...

We do the currency of the place where we are when the tooth comes out (people can always change money before a trip to a different currency zone).

No notes. The Tooth Fairy does not write. Neither does Santa or the Easter Bunny.

fedbet said...

We're the same rubles in Russia, euros in france. No notes either but he (the mouse) does sometimes leave extra when he forgets to come a few days in a row (oops)

Annie said...

Love that tradition! Wish I wasn't such a flake....or so tired I fall asleep BEFORE the children.....

"Wow! Stupid fairy!" I've said that more than once when she left the tooth under the pillow for a couple of nights.

Jojo, Julz, Julianne said...

THe tooth fairy doesn't leave notes at our house either..What's that all about? OUr fairy seems a bit lazy!
Maybe the tooth fairy could just leave a treat-treat rather than cash...(I am sure the European Fairies aren't as lazy as the Virginia Fairies!! hee hee)

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Anonymous said...

I am with Beets - silent gift givers are the best!

MoscowMom said...

The whole letter thing comes entirely from Katya... She worked so darn hard writing that first letter in English to the fairy, when at that age I could barely get her to pay ANY attention to reading/writing in English... There's NO way the fairy could ignore her...

Then she forgot about the letters, only to revive them last year... I think the "Nancy Drew" side of her is just out to collect evidence, determined to "solve the case."

That must get very tiresome for the fairy!