Unlocking a core memory
I was having a discussion with a friend the other day and the topic of her childhood Mickey Mouse play tent came up. I also had a childhood mickey mouse tent that I had very fond memories of and until she mentioned hers, I had forgotten all about it.
But once she talked about how she use to have tea parties with her stuffed animals inside, I was brought back to being five years old sitting inside my tent in my room next to my toys, fixing my cabbage patch dolls ‘broken leg’ and feeding him spinach so he would get healthy quicker ( I was also a big fan of Popeye as a kid).
It was fun to go back to those simpler times when your afternoon snack was the biggest decision of the day. It got us talking about a bunch of things that are so different for today’s kids. No computers versus phones and i pads in the hands of toddlers. Getting fifty cents to a dollar for a tooth from the tooth fairy when today’s kids are getting almost 9 dollars per tooth!! Holy inflation batman!
Don’t believe me? Take a look at this map of tooth fairy payments from the Dental Care Alliance. Lucky kids in Delaware are getting almost 9 bucks a tooth! And while the US average is $4.57 per tooth, that is still a lot more than the .50 cents I got in dimes under my pillow which then fell under my bed in the middle of the night so I would wake up to a paltry .20 cents instead. Kids today will never know the struggle of dial up internet or tooth fairy inflation.