As of this evening, I am "that kind of Mom." Allow me to explain. Until recently, I took no thought in showing appreciation to my child's teachers during holidays or other celebrations. It just never entered my mind. A perfect example being this year's Valentine's Day party. I didn't see the sign on the door announcing it was even occurring much less did I have the motivation to make an effort to contribute to the festivities once I was aware. I think I behaved this way partly because I was not entirely pleased with the care received and partly because of my ignorance. Either way, my response when asked why I wasn't participating - "I'm just not that kind of Mom."
Recently, however, a switch in schools has opened the creative canal in my brain that I haven't seen since college. We are so incredibly pleased with the teachers, the facility, the activities...everything at our child's new school. We consider ourselves tremendously blessed to find a group of people who truly care for children and their development. And as a result, I actually find myself wanting to do something nice for the teachers this Christmas to show how grateful we really are for all that they do.
So, after much consideration and a with a bit of guidance from my much wiser mother-in-law, I decided to bake. I made a pan of brownies and a pan of peanut butter fudge. The brownies of course came from a box. The fudge, however, is from scratch! It is one of the few candy/dessert dishes I'm actually half way good at making. I purchased the treat bags and carrying boxes from Wal-Mart and filled them with several pieces of fudge and brownies and Voila! I am "that kind of Mom."
It's important to note that I am still very much a work in progress. It didn't even cross my mind that it would be good to put nametags on them saying To and From. So, I improvised. I found white post-it notes and wrote the To/From, cut them down to size and then taped them onto the bags. A bit unconventional, but as I said, I'm a work in progress. :-)
Thanks for reading.
December 13, 2012