Where teacher gifts go to die

Somewhere out in the universe, I can picture a large warehouse. In this warehouse, there's a thick layer of yellow dandelions carpeting the floor. There are shelves that reach to the ceiling filled with dollar-store-chocolate, kitschy stuffed animals, teacher mugs, miniature snow globes, and cheap picture frames.

Yes, my friends. I'm talking about the Land of Teacher Gifts.

The other day, I was supervising the first graders as we took our bathroom  break. "Trent" came out of the bathroom stalls holding a yellow dandelion for me. Seeing as how he didn't enter the bathroom with that "flower', and we hadn't gone outside for recess, I was a little hesitant to accept his spontaneous gift.

I said: "Ummm, that's okay, you hold on to it for a while, I don't have anywhere to put it at the moment."

Three hours later, at the end of the day, Trent presents me with the same yellow flower (albeit a little more smooshed and droopy). He was so proud and had this beaming grin, so I really had to take it.

And later, when all the children had left the premises, I placed his kind gift in the trash can. I'd like to to think that I sent it off to a better place. The Land of Teacher Gifts.

12 comments:

Maranda said...

Awwwwww....poor little Trent's flower!!! This post just made me so sad. But I'm hormonal so I'm sure it's just that. LOL!

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA!!! Thanks for the laugh... I really needed it. :)
Rebekah

Mommy on the Spot said...

That's so sweet!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Yuck!

I always wonder what teachers prefer as gifts... Gift Cards to Office Depot or Barnes and Noble? A bookmark? Bottle of Prozac?

Miss JoAnne said...

This time last year I was in my first internship in a kindergarten classroom. I am VERY alergic to bradford pear trees and the school was surrounded by them. It never failed each day at least one student would bring me a clump of
bradford pear flowers :-O I love you guys but you might literally be killing me :)

Sarah Garb said...

It's like a combination bathroom stall / flower crafting station...gross. I'm sure it's in good / bad company in that Land of Teacher Gifts!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the chuckle. I can't imagine what went through your mind!

Anonymous said...

How cute!! But not all teacher gifts make it to the Land Of Teacher's Gifts, as you remember from our Christmas tree!! Love you, Mom

John Deere Mom said...

Ha. The title of this post cracked me up...and it's so true. And I hate to admit it, but any homemade food goes straight to the trash can. Not that I don't appreciate the thought, but I just can't make myself do it!

Lindsey said...

haha! that is too funny!! i hope you washed your hands after ;)

Steff said...

Aww that's so cute!

Charlotte said...

I get those gifts, too. Sometime from school (thanks teachers). But seriously, I have such anxiety about giving gifts teachers won't hate that I resorted to gift cards from bookstores. I figure anyone would like that.

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