What is wrong with people?
Christmas brings out the best and worst.
This week I’ve seen some of the latter and I don’t like it.
First off, let me just say that I’m not pleased with our food drive. I upsets me each year that there is a class prize (cookies) given to the class that collects the most cans. I’m personally opposed to teaching my students that every good deed will be rewarded. As a protest, I not only do not inform my students of the contest, but I don’t count our cans. Each year someone comes around and asks me how many cans we collected. When I say “I don’t know”, they stand there with a perplexed look and open mouth while I tell them gently that it doesn’t matter to us. But that is a minor detail compared to the worst part.
I noticed a rusted can in the bin so I checked the expiration date on it. Two years ago!!! Tossed it in the trash and then out of curiosity I have been checking cans each day as I do hall duty or wait for my children to return from special classes. More expired cans. Dented cans. Dirty cans. People!!! Do we think that because someone is poor they will want to eat tainted food? And before we jump on the Oklahoma wagon I’ve already checked and confirmed that this is happening in other states.
Please. Let’s not teach our children that charity is giving to others what we don’t want or wouldn’t eat!! As a lesson in giving, read Franklin's Christmas Gift . I read it to my students yesterday and we discussed it at length.
Now let us jump to the other extreme because Mrs. Maurer has also been writing letters to Santa as my students dictate them. I’ve only written six, but between them and the whispered secrets of parents, I know that some children are not only getting too much stuff this year, but totally inappropriate stuff!!! What five-year-old child who cannot remember to wash his hands, sit in his seat, or leave his classmate’s paper alone NEEDS his own television and DVD player in his bedroom? Or a BB gun? Or a four-wheel ATV? Or a cell phone? Or an i-Pod? Or a laptop? Besides that, I know some parents are bankrupting their household budgets to provide this stuff! Let’s try to keep a little perspective and remember that the kid will want to eat in January!
Oh, and I had my first request yesterday for “the internet”. A sweet-faced little girl said, “I want Santa to bring me the internet so I can play games!” Thank goodness she also wanted a doll and a real dog!
We just have a few short days until Christmas. Let’s get it together people. Straighten up and start thinking. You’re giving me a headache!