Guy lost his first tooth last week. He came to me in the middle of the night to let me know he swallowed his tooth. I told him that people accidentally eat their teeth sometimes. I'm probably a liar. I'll admit to it. I actually found his tooth stuck in his water bottle spout. That's a truth.
With the tooth recovered, the tooth fairy carried it off and gave him $1. That morning we took the dog to the vet while Guy dreamed of spending his dollar. I couldn't really leave the dog in the car with no A/C so we went to the Dollar Tree parking lot and I told Guy to go spend him buck while the rest of us waited in the car. He asked a lot of questions at first - like how to tell what the item costs and what if he couldn't find the cash register. And then he disappeared. He reappeared a couple minutes later - skipping and smiling and carrying a Dollar Tree bag.
I think this event may be one of my favorite events this summer and I wasn't even in it. It is so cool to observe kids feeling good about themselves when they don't know anyone is watching. And it's so crazy how one little action can boost a child's self-esteem.