I can remember some years back. I took a cooking class at the technical college. Yes I can cook. This was a class on family meal planning. I took it to learn some new recipes or meal ideas. It ended like the week before Christmas. I was one of the younger ones in the class. It was mostly old ladies who took the class as an activity to do during the week. I figured I paid my fee for class. I don't owe anything else. The week before the last day. These old ladies come to me. Saying that they are taking up a collection for the teacher. That they do that every semester. That I am expected to give 5$. Instead of a gift they buy. They'd put the money in a card and give her that. Not that 5$ was that much. But the principal of the fact was. I paid to take a class. Like anyone else who takes a class at the college. I shouldn't be obligated to give a donation for a gift to the teacher. I told them old ladies No I was not giving towards the gift. Had they of asked would I like to give 5$ towards a gift for the teacher. Then I might of said yes. But to be told it's expected of me to do that. That changed how I felt about the gift. This just popped in my head. After hearing lots of talk about gifts for teachers.
on Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM