The Embarrassment Never Ends

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in these parts.

I truly appreciate my childrens’ teachers and wanted to do something special for them as a token of my gratitude.

I got them gift cards, flowers and made them cookies.

I was feeling pretty pleased with the presentation until I actually “presented” the gifts to the teachers and office staff with my children.

As the secretary was thanking us for the goodies, John said VERY LOUDLY and VERY CLEARLY,

“We bought them at the 99 cent store”.

Now, in his mind, this is the ultimate compliment since he loves the 99 cent store.

I don’t think adults think of it in quite the same way.

I was totally embarrassed.

And for the record?  I did not buy the gifts at the 99 cent store.  We just happened to have been there earlier that day.



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    Laurie Johnson says

    Thanks for the smile! I was hoping for something not so publicy embarrassing but those two always come through, right?
    Next time, those two stay with dad right?:)

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    haha, kids say the darnedest things. I’m sure they realized that the gift was too nice to be from the 99 cent store or they were impressed with your thriftiness

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    Ugh Kids! But what can you do but laugh. Smile. Xmas Dolly’s blog told me to come here look around and I’m so glad she did. I like what I see and I’m now following you. Hope I can get a return follow? Ooooooo, you have blogging tips too. It’s like I’m in a candy store. Enjoy today!
    .-= Haupi´s last blog ..ROYAL RIDES =-.

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    My middle daughter once told her teacher she had fleas as she pointed to her arm. She meant SLEEVES but I don’t think the teacher beleived me when I tried to explain. Find rock. Crawl under….

    Totally enjoy your story. Stopping by from Jenners via mama kat’s.
    .-= Peg´s last blog ..The (Crayon) Writing is on the Wall =-.

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    LOL oh Angie, I would be red in the face, too. I bet my kids will say something like “we got that from grandma” lol I am a regifter
    .-= S Club Mama´s last blog ..boys =-.

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    That is hilarious!

    Since I homeschool, I asked the kids to give me a washer and dryer. Apparently, they didn’t find those at the 99 cent store. Darn. Guess we’ll have to go buy them in the thousand dollar store.
    .-= Sugar Jones´s last blog ..Crossing Over =-.

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    I am a teacher, and I can honestly say, that it doesn’t matter if you get something from the 99cent store. I always just feel great that my students care about me enough to actually want to get me something.
    So be proud! You’re a parent who cares and did something nice.

    I totally get the embarassment though. Yesterday at Burger King my son said, (really loudly) “Wow, that fat guy behind the counter is nice.” He meant it as a compliment, the register guy? Not so much.
    .-= Margie´s last blog ..Does This Manuscript Make My Butt Look Big? =-.

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    Awesome! They either thought you were cheap, resourceful, or frugal. Tough economic times?!?

    Regardless, they should be thinking, “It’s the thought that counts, not how or where it was purchased.” I think it is very kind of you to do something in appreciation.

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    Eek! Out of the mouths of babes… What did you say!?

    I used to be a preschool teacher, and it honestly wasn’t about the gifts for me (although I was baffled the time I received a pair of slipper socks and a half-burned candle in a crumbled gift bag!) The recognition and a “thank you” meant the world to me. The best gift I ever received was when a parent wrote a letter to my boss, praising me, and requested that I got a copy and a copy was added to my personal file. That gift went on to get me a pretty decent raise at my next performance review, and I still have my copy of that letter to this day!
    .-= Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday {Making Playdough} =-.

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    Well … not everything at the dollar store costs, you know, a dollar. I’m sure the gifts looked like they came from the, uh, higher-end merchandise section. =>
    .-= Stacia´s last blog ..Five for Ten: Yes =-.

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    HAHAHA! Classic! Like my son shouting out in a store that I was hormonal. Hmmm… so much for being frank and open with kids…hahah!
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..Jump Rope =-.

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    Kirsten says

    Haaaaaaaahh!!! Oh, lovely……..thank you again Angie for a good laugh, and so sorry for the embarrassment. Any mom can relate.

    What a fantastic gesture to give gifts to the teachers and staff, I bet they loved it. I am sure they felt special and appreciated. A huge “mom success” to get something like that together and delivered, awesome! (at least for me it is)

    Yesterday I was in tears from the kids behavior in the dr.s waiting room, truly embarrassing….

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    ahhhh, that is hilarious and embarrassing all at the same time 🙂 and that is so cute that he was so proud because he loves the 99 cent store, hehe! that is soo sweet of you to give such great gifts!!
    .-= NCF´s last blog ..Big Brothers! 🙂 =-.

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    i’m sure they knew they weren’t from the 99 cent store 🙂 i’m impressed – gift cards, flowers and cookies. now i’m wondering if i do enough. my standard teacher gift is a silk potted flower with a thank you card – but then I’m always stumped when I need to do a male teacher :(.

    you’ve been busy making cookies lately 🙂 mother’s day weekend was the first in a long time and i’m guessing it will be a while before i hunker down and make some more.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Bubbles and Giggles =-.

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    Darla says

    I really don’t know how you pull it together like that! I am so impressed because I also have such of an appreciation of teachers and what a great impact they have on our kids…how much they give for the sake of them! I used to do that stuff more but it’s just been forEVER since I have!

    You’re awesome! 🙂

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