Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Sweet Gift

For this week's Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound, I'd like to share with you the story of my little tin planter. It is yellow with lots of pink flowers all over it. One of the things I like about it is that it doesn't scream pink, but incorporates the yellow, pink, and a little green all together in such an eye-pleasing manner.
As you know, I am a sixth grade teacher, currently not working because of a medical disability. A few years ago I had what for me was a dream schedule. I taught the same group of 25 students for English, Reading, and Social Studies, 3 out of 5 periods, so I really got to know that particular group very well. We became quite comfortable with each other, perhaps too comfortable. In the spring, as often happens, we had a week when no one wanted to work, but they also didn't want to be pleasant. It was a lot of rudeness, moaning, no homework, etc. I pulled everyone up close in a sort of "story time" configuration and spoke in a soft voice about how disappointed I was, that I was hot and often bored, too, and we had 2 more months of school, etc. This was at the end of class, and they were dismissed from there to "think about" what I had said and hopefully return with better attitudes the next day.Well, one of the boys, if you can believe it, told his mother about the little talk, and the next afternoon, while the group was with me, a gorgeous floral arrangement arrived from his family, thanking me for being a wonderful teacher as well as trying to keep the kids on the straight and narrow without yelling and being witchy. [My words, not theirs!] Rarely do things like this happen for teachers. Usually, if parents hear that the whole group was spoken to they're on the phone complaining that their child isn't the problem, blah, blah, blah. And in this case, it was true! Their son was and still is, I believe, a respectful, hard worker with a nice sense of humor, liked by both teachers and his peers.
So that' s the story of my tin that I now keep in my craft room/office on top of the TV where I can always think of Eddie, and his sister Annie, who I taught 2 years later, as well as their awesome mom, Pilar.
Have you ever acknowledged on of your children's teachers at a time that wasn't a holiday or occaision?


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17 comments:

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Teachers deserve so much more than they receive, that's for sure!
~*Happy Pink Saturday*~

Cre8Tiva said...

teachers are the best...i am having my tea by the sea...with flowers in my hair...come join me...hugs, rebecca/cre8tiva

Justine said...

Wow, what an awesome story, that truly tells me that you were/are a wonderful teacher and mentor to your students! This was just great girl.

I can't say I've ever just bought a gift out of the blue, but there were many times this past year that I emailed Madison's teacher just to tell her how great I thought she was, how much Madison loved her, etc.

Justine :o )

Coloradolady said...

What a thoughtful gesture. I used to do small things for my kids teachers when they were in Grade School. They went to a small catholic school, and I would pick up stickers, notepads, or a little something for their classrooms from time to time.

Your little planter is so pretty, and what a great memory to go with it.

stefanie said...

claps for teachers, happy pink saturday

♥Mimi♥ said...

What a sweet Pink Saturday blog post! There's just something about the color pink that brings out the best of everything☺

♥Have a wonderful weekend. Finally warm and sunny here, hope your neck of the woods is just as pink-a-licious as mine♥

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!


Lovely post!



~ Gabriela ~

Beverly said...

Elizabeth, your planter is so pretty. My favorite color is just that shade of yellow.

And, I especially love reading about the parent appreciation. A great teacher is truly a treasure.

Happy Pink Saturday.

CC said...

I'll bet the kids miss you Elizabeth.
What a wonderful teacher you must be.
By the way, my son is in his last year of college..his goal, teacher.
My dil is a teacher as is her mother.
Yayyyyyy for teachers. Happy Pink Saturday..hope you have a great weekend.

Tami said...

Hi Elizabeth
Happy Pink Saturday!..xo Tami

Dorte H said...

What a fine story. As a teacher I can understand how much it means to you!
I ended the school year three days ago with mock exams, and enjoyed hearing most of them thanking me for a good school year and wishing me a happy holiday. They are 18-19 years old, but you still enjoy having a good relationship with them.

Deanna said...

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday

What a lovely post and as a former teacher, I have kept everything that was given to me by my former students. It's nice to look around my home and see evidence of their generousity.

Deanna :D

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Such a wonderful story, particularly the teacher appreciation! Thanks so much for sharing!

Enjoy your weekend!

Tina

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth, that tin is cute. What a cute story you shared with all of us too!
~Ann

Susie Jefferson said...

What a lovely planter - and what a nice story to go with it. Happy memories! Happy Pink Saturday!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Beautiful story and yes, I was expecting the parents to get defensive. Good job! I love the pot but then again, yellow is such a cheerful color and one of my new favorites.

.•*˙˙*•.HaPPy MaD PiNk TeA PaRtY SaTuRdaY!.•*˙˙*•.

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

Jesmi said...

What a lovely post. Happy Pink Saturday! what a lovely post.