Accepting Thanks

I think it is a human trait to find accepting nice things difficult. Surely it makes you out to be big headed or arrogant? Just before Christmas a school in America put a cap of $100 on the amount that could be spent on a gift for a teacher. This prompted Radio 5 Live to do an item on it on Fri 20th December and they wanted teachers to contact them about gifts they had received.

I sent in a text explaining about the book my husband had once received. He is a keen football fan but the book was about Formula 1 motor racing. It had no front cover and had been scribbled on many of the pages. It was presented to him very proudly by a lad explaining that he bought it at the car boot for him.

Radio 5 phoned and asked if we could be on stand by to talk about it. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the verdict in the Nigella Lawson case came in and they dropped the item. They called late that evening as they were hoping to run it again with more of a discussion prompted by a secondary teacher who felt presents for teachers should be banned. Again, the item was dropped, pushed out quite rightly by a child protection case.

However, it did make me reflect on how teachers are regarded, especially at this time of the year. Primary staff are always treated to a gift from most of their class. Not sure about secondary students and whether it is regarded as just ‘Not Cool’!

My formal retirement was back in 2008 but I had two wonderful bouquets of thanks this Christmas that actually remind me that it is not the gift that counts.

These two buttons are in secondary school now after a rocky start to life.

This Christmas card says:

‘Well the young boy who went to Tyning eventually finished his education and is now working as a lecturer in Physical Education at Westbury College. So, from parent to parent – thanks for the input you had in ?’s career. The journey has now been well worth it.’

He must now be in his mid twenties!

Who needs $100 spent on them?

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