Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: Yesterday, my son's teacher came over for dinner. During Teacher Appreciation Week, I had offered to make him a dinner, which I intended to drop off at school when it was convenient for him. I think he heard "make you dinner," because he told me what days he would be free to come over. I was a little taken aback; I have become good friends with several of my kids' teachers and we have seen each other socially, but not until the school year is over and my child is no longer in their classroom.
My kids were so excited to have a teacher over, and they couldn't wait to entertain him. We barbequed for dinner and he brought wine. I knew he was an artist and played drums and the guitar, but I learned he also was a gourmet cook. (Good thing I didn't know that before -- I would have been way too self-conscious about my own cooking!) We chatted about school events, and he and my husband swapped stories about the fabulous Les Paul guitars they could have gotten for practically nothing in their youth. He came at 5; we had dinner at 6, put the kids to bed at 8 and he stayed 'til 10, leaving with a container of leftovers for another meal.
The end of the school year is approaching, and I am always trying to find creative and thoughtful teacher-gifts that don't break the bank. Our room mom plans to make a book for the teacher with a letter from each child telling him what the year meant to him or her. I know the end of the year is a lot of work for teachers. How about offering to spend a few hours taking down projects from the walls or organizing paperwork as your present?
Personally, I think I'm going to stick with the dinner-for-the-teacher concept and let them choose between coming over or having me just drop off the meal. I hope they will come over. If it's just the teacher, or the teacher and a spouse, we can do a weeknight dinner. If the teacher has small children, maybe a Sunday brunch or picnic in the park ....
Thanks, Mr. L., for a great new tradition!