So I was outside calling Natalie in for the night and another mother came over. We started chit chatting and she was like, "What are you giving as a Back To School gift for Natalie's teacher?"
I gave her a look like this:
Because Back To School Gift? What?
"School supplies. Lots of school supplies," I eventually answered.
She looked at me like this:
What? Are we supposed to MAKE something? How many crayon wreaths does one teacher need? How many MASON JARS filled with nonsense does one teacher NEED? If I were a teacher I'd want to not have to use my money to buy items for the classroom. Hence why I buy extra tissue boxes, Clorox wipes, etc. (If I were a teacher, I'd also want ear plugs, Excedrin, and Target gift cards. I'm a mother of only TWO and I want these things most days. I can't imagine caring for 20+ children. That aren't even MINE. Teachers, you rock.)
Anyway, the other mother found her voice again. "Well. I'm doing a mason jar filled with pencils. I'll have a tag on it that says, 'Thanks for being an UN-MASON teacher!' Get it?"
"No," I answered and she looked stunned. "I'm kidding. Yes. Cute idea." Even though I was like, "What is with these people and their mason jars?" I have never owned a mason jar.
Sorry Natalie's teacher. You're getting extra school supplies. No mason jars here.
You will be getting a Starbucks gift card and chocolate for a Christmas gift though.
But no mason jars.
(I usually get comments that say, "There's nothing wrong with crafting!" when I do posts like these. I know. Many of my friends craft. It's just not, nor has it ever been, for me.)