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Don’t Be Rude!

12 Jan

So what exactly is a person (usually a teacher) supposed to do when a child shows up at the door with an armload of sugar-infused treats of which you have no interest? You can almost picture it, can’t you? You’re in the middle of a math lesson when suddenly you hear a knock at the door. You stop what you’re doing, walk towards the door, and open it to reveal a first grader with a runny nose and blue frosting smeared all over his lips and nose offering you a cupcake. A quick glance over the goods reveals a nasty choice between a thumb-indented chocolate cupcake with white frosting or a snot-coated vanilla with blue frosting. Unless you’re a cold, heartless son-of-a-motherless-goat, it’s just best to politely take one, even if it’s the last thing on earth you’d want to eat.  Refusing the offer is simply rude. Besides, in the long run, it’s in your best interest too. You don’t want to be known as the teacher who never takes a treat. Pretty soon kids will stop dropping by altogether and you might miss out on something you really want.

Nobody expects you to eat a rice crispy treat that tastes like an ashtray-but you still need to take one. This is where you must be careful, though. Pitching it in the trash too soon is risky. It’s worse than telling the kid no.

So what exactly are you supposed to do with undesirable treats? Well, wait until the end of the day before tossing it in the garbage, and to be safe, throw a few pieces of used notebook paper over it too.  Finally, avoid the generous child for at least a week. Why? Because if he asks whether or not you liked it, you don’t want to lie.

Hope this helps,

Mr. B

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