"Do I have to give my tooth to the tooth fairy?"
"Well, not if you don't want any money."
"hmmm...I need to think about it."
"Her house is probably big enough with all of the other little kids teeth" (I should point out here that someone has told him the tooth fairy makes houses out of all the teeth. This is news to me. Since I can't disprove it, I just go along with it."
"Yeah, probably. You don't have to put it under your pillow tonight...just think about it."
"OK. I don't need the money. I like my tooth. I think I just want to keep it."
"What are you going to do with it?"
"I don't know. Just keep it."
And so sits the tooth in his little box where he keeps his shark teeth that Zada gave him last year. You really can't blame him. $1 isn't worth much on an atoll in the middle of nowhere with no store and nothing to buy. He might change his mind the next time he sees a Walmart, but in the meantime, I think we just started a new collection and the tooth fairy might have to deal with one less "brick" for her house.
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