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.


About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


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    Lady Fi says:

    Got to love the things kids say…
    .-= Lady Fi´s last blog ..My new readers =-.

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    dysfunctional mom says:

    Next time you are at the .99 cent store, buy some duct tape. It’s veryyyy handy to have around. I’m just saying.

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    Twitter: thelucaszoo

    Love it!
    .-= Jessie´s last blog ..Team Up Thursday – Hot & Cold =-.

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    Twitter: SITSGirls

    Best. Story. Ever. I LOVE THIS.

    I am totally smiling right now and imagining the look on your face as this happened.

    Did you turn red?

    .-= Francesca´s last blog ..My Secret To A Happy, Sane Summer =-.

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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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    Twitter: projectalicia

    Totally cracks me up. Kids are so honest! Have a good one!
    .-= alicia´s last blog ..Friday Flip Offs! =-.

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    Twitter: I_am_sam_I_am

    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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    hee hee … kids!!!

    Hey, as long as it is a nice gift, doesn’t matter where it comes from!
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..damn google! Pouring my heart out =-.

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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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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

    Oh, that is too much! And, no matter how much explaining you do, you wonder in the end who the adult believed!
    .-= Krystyn´s last blog ..Reunion Coffee Review and Giveaway =-.

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    Haha! That is hilarious!

    For some reason Emma is so proud to tell people her new clothes came from Walmart, even if they came from Childrens Place.
    .-= Jacki´s last blog ..Let the (silly) collectible madness begin! =-.

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    .-= Casey´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday and BUGS =-.

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    S Club Mama
    Twitter: sclubmama

    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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    Jennifer says:

    That is truly awesome. I love it. Kids….
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..The chapters of our lives… =-.

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    Twitter: lula34

    You totally bought them $.99 gift cards…you big spender.
    .-= Lula´s last blog ..My Love Letter. =-.

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    Twitter: aprilmom00

    gave them note cards my sister made with their name on it , and then I did my ode to teachers through mama kat 🙂

    Big spender
    .-= Julie@my5monkeys´s last blog ..Peeking at the endings ?? =-.

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    Absolutely AWESOME! Too funny

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    kristin says:


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    megryansmom says:

    Love the 99 cent store, wish we had them here.
    .-= megryansmom´s last blog ..You Capture – Depth =-.

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    Sugar Jones says:

    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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    Susie's Homemade says:

    I hate that kids don’t have a filter yet:-)

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    Megan (Best of Fates)
    Twitter: bestoffates

    It sucks so much that you actually didn’t buy them there – oh children.

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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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    Kristina P. says:

    Hey, if you can buy a pregnancy test at the Dollar Store, I think a teacher’s gift is good enough.
    .-= Kristina P.´s last blog ..Marrying Birthdays and Immeasurable Advice =-.

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    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA

    Oy veh…

    I’m sure they realized when they saw the gift cards that that couldn’t possibly be true, but still, oy…

    My photography is now available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!
    .-= Robin from Israel´s last blog ..Jaffa Doorway Arch =-.

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    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    Angie this is just too funny! What did you say? Gotta love the things kids say!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Once upon a marriage =-.

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    T Rex Mom says:

    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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    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts

    LOL, sounds like something my son would do. He loves to share things that he shouldn’t.
    .-= Melanie @ Whimsical Creations´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Lilac Festival =-.

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    I heart the .99 cents store!

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son

    Oh no! What did you say in response?
    .-= Allison @ Alli ‘n Son´s last blog ..Blogs, Books and Brown Eyes – Thank You Journal =-.

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    Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama says:

    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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    Melissa says:

    I would have died!!!

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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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    sagemom says:

    That’s so cute…kids really do say the darndest things =)

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    Peggy Gorman says:

    That is just too cute!!
    .-= Peggy Gorman´s last blog ..Smart,Sleek and Sexy =-.

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    Rachel -- Following In My Shoes
    Twitter: Rachel_L

    Just proof positive that your kids are AWESOME!

    Lol — that’s is soooo funny!
    .-= Rachel — Following In My Shoes´s last blog ..I Wanna Do That! =-.

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    Twitter: Mammatalk

    A crack up! Too funny!

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    Latree@Dandelion says:

    I think it’s not about the price, but about the ‘heart’ in the gifts that matters…
    you’ve been so very kind showing appreciations to the teachers in many ways.
    .-= Latree@Dandelion´s last blog ..the schedule =-.

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    Becca - Our Crazy Boys
    Twitter: beccascrazyboys

    LOVE it!!! I am laughing so hard right now!!

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    LOL, that’s a great story! (well, maybe not for you…) 😉

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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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    Amy @ Marvelous Mommy
    Twitter: mmommie

    Haha I love kids! They are so honest! lol
    .-= Amy @ Marvelous Mommy´s last blog ..Seeking Blogmania Sponsors =-.

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    Anjie B. says:

    I would have been mortified! Although, my kids teachers know how their minds work, so maybe it wouldn’t have been too bad. Maybe. Thanks for sharing the story, and letting us all know our kids aren’t the only ones that do that kind of stuff.
    .-= Anjie B.´s last blog ..I’m a photographer digging in my photo archives. =-.

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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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    LOL why do kids have to do that??!! Oh well, at least you made the effort ot get it to them. I ALWAYS forget until the last day of school and then it’s too late.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Our new favorite snack/dinner =-.

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    I think I would have melted on the floor. Oh kids…
    .-= Jaysi´s last blog ..Brothers =-.

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    jennyleite says:

    HA!!! That is awesome. It’s the thought that counts right?! LOL
    .-= jennyleite´s last blog ..The Poppies =-.

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    Twitter: FamilyTrifecta

    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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    Twitter: mommysstillfab

    It would have been less embarrassing had he said the Dollar Store!

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    Jenners says:

    Oh Lordy.
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Writers’ Workshop: The Chapters of My Life =-.

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    Theta Mom
    Twitter: ThetaMom

    That is SO something my son would say. HILARIOUS!

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    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! 🙂