. Regurgitated Alpha Bits: Take This Doughnut and Shove It

Friday, January 16, 2009

Take This Doughnut and Shove It


Every month, a different grade level team brings treats in for the staff.

This month was my team's turn.

Our social committee even assigns a specific day for you to bring them, but the general rule is to bring them sometime during that week.

My team was told on Monday (first day back from vacation) that Tuesday was our treat day.

We shot for Friday.

One teacher picked up doughnuts, another brought muffins, and I was responsible for juice and coffee.

When I arrived at school this morning lugging an assortment of juices and 2 Starbucks' Travelers, there were five big boxes of freshly baked doughnuts and muffins laid out across the table in the lounge. Napkins had been decoratively placed in swirls and the room smelled like sweet heaven (for a change).

Oh, and one primary teacher was bitching to another about how stupid it was for us to put these doughnuts out in the morning.

And I quote:

"This is stupid of them. Who wants a doughnut right now? We've all just eaten breakfast at home. They should put them out later."

When would she suggest, at dinnertime maybe?

Exactly when IS "later" when you're a teacher? Recess? That's a great plan. Our recess is last, so more than half the staff would miss out during their earlier recess.

Or maybe we should we leave our classes to fend for themselves possibly a bit closer to noon so we might offer up these doughnuts to teachers at a time more suitable for their digestive systems?

Or maybe we should just be on-call all day for individual classroom doughnut deliveries once each teacher begins to feel a bit snacky?

Or MAYBE you can just take a doughnut NOW and stick it in your friggin'…




for later.


Like water off a duck's back, I let it go and began laying out the coffee, creamers, cups, etc. As I'm doing so, another teacher wanders in says:

"Oh goodie! Doughnuts! I'm glad they could figure out how to bring something good…

since they couldn't figure out how to bring them on the right day!"




I slammed down the coffee and said through gritted teeth:

"If one more, just ONE MORE, person makes ONE MORE comment about these doughnuts I am going to pile them up in the parking lot and back over them


Oddly enough, not one person made a single comment to me about the doughnuts for the rest of the day.

Oh, and the doughnuts were all gone by my recess so I didn't even get one.

Just as I suspected, teachers aren't going to let a little thing like breakfast get in the way when it comes to consuming doughnuts.


Michaele Sommerville said...

Big on the "gimmies," small on the thank you's. Sounds familiar!

Jenna said...

heh... a male teacher brought in donuts last week and we all yelled at him because who brings donuts the 2nd week of January when everyone is on a diet??!!

I guess we should have been a little more grateful. Of course, about half of them had to be thrown away... because we're dedicated like that.

Melissa B. said...

Oh, the ungrateful wenches! If they know the food is coming, why don't they just delay breakfast 'til they get to school? Love the comment about the donut and your truck! BTW, don't forget Sx3 tomorrow...we'll be in an Inaugural Kind of Mood!

Edna Lee said...

Hey Hedgetoad,
We didn't even consider people's new year's diets. In our lounge though, no sweet goes uneaten no matter what people may have resolved to do at the start of the year. Your staff must have more will-power than mine! (ANY will-power would be more that what we have...)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that some people are so rude. When I walk into the teachers' lounge, I am always grateful for a tasty morsel. It doesn't matter what time of day it is!

askthehomediva said...

As my mom always used to say, "No good deed goes unpunished…"

Anonymous said...

we do treats on fridays and it's actually quite depressing when there are no treats...doesn't mater what gets brought, it gets eaten. we try to bring healthier options for those who like such, but even when those options aren't there, its nice to know there is food. and not everyone goes on a diet right after jan 1.

Anonymous said...

Hey, you can always make bread pudding with the donuts your ungrateful fellow teachers don't want!

Anonymous said...

This is what gets me, there seems to be no gratitude left. It was kind of you to bring in the doughnuts, it was kind of you to bother. I always wonder about the perennial complainers. What is so bad in their life that they can see no joy in anything. Even if you don't like the food, enjoy the smell, enjoy the camaraderie that develops around the snack table. Be grateful.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is really..."special." How is it that teachers can be more ungrateful than the students? The spirt of mankind really amazes me sometimes.

Sarah said...

Grr! That is why I HATE staff lunches where we bring the food. People complain and take a ton and not everyone gets food.

Melissa B. said...

Listen, I've got a treat for you today, so come by and see, please. And don't forget Sx3 tomorrow...it might get your creative juices flowing!