Back in my PQ (Pre-Quads) days, I used to work in the school system doing speech therapy. It was a great job with awesome kids, and some of the state’s best teachers. Around this time of year,the teacher gifts started rolling in from generous parents…gift cards to movies, every scent of Bath and Body works lotion ever made, homemade jar mixes, and APPLES.
Anything and everything APPLE.
I’m not sure when the universe united and decided that Teachers = Apples, but I’m telling you as a friend for my friends, just don’t.
The wooden Apple and ABC Chalkboard necklace you’ve been eyeing?
The “Teacher’s Prayer” in the red apple frame?
The apple changeable wooden calendar?
The apple sweater vest that you saw at the craft fair?
The apple stationary gift set that comes with the necklace pen that seems so perfect?
Pass it on by.
Can I let you in on a little secret? Most teachers don’t care for apples.
I know, it’s against the grain. It’s against everything that says “teacher”, but it’s real. They didn’t sign an oathe to collect and adore all things apple when they graduated, their homes are not wallpapered with apples, and they may not even take the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” to heart.
They appreciated your gesture of appreciation, and they are some of the most polite and kind-hearted people on this planet, so they aren’t going to put it in Friday’s newsletter that they aren’t really into apples anymore. Which is why I’m breaking it to you in advance. Skip it this year and go for the gift card, the chocolates, a gift for the classroom, or even better write a genuine hand-written thank you letter and volunteer some of your time to change out his/her bulletin board.
And if you simply cannot resist the urge to do something apple – I suggest it come in baked good form instead of wooden.