No? Just me? :0)
That's how I feel about alot of the teachers at my kid's school.
I'm very close in age to some of them...they have kids of their own the same ages as my children~~or even younger.
But there's still that teacher dynamic. We're peers--age-wise, life-style wise...but as soon as I walk in that classroom, I'm an 8 year old student.
Maybe it's the tiny chairs they make you sit in.
Case in point: When I had LittleBear, Boy's teacher gave us an adorable little outfit for her. It was so sweet. And then I had to write a thank you note. What do I write? "Thanks Mrs. S____?" It seemed so weird!
I ended up overcomplicating it (as per my usual M.O.) and wrote "Thanks J___" with an asterisk leading to a long winded explanation of my confusion over whether to put her first name or Mrs. S_____, and how I hoped she wasn't offended by my use of her first name....like it's some kind of state secret.
They call me "Mrs. K____"...but I don't think of myself as "Mrs. K____". I'm Shannon. I want to tell them that. But then again, I'm only 8 when I'm with them.
So at the end of the year, the list of teachers and support people we want to give gifts too gets longer and longer (ya know, since we're besties and all)
I let each of my kids pick one additional teacher (besides their main teacher) to give a small gift to.
We ended up with the secretary, the art teacher (who was MY art teacher in elementary school and that just ADDS to the confusion!) and the librarian.
For those three I made small leather clutches. (You can read my post about the teacher's bags I made here)
In their honor, I present:
I LOVE this one. The soft black leather...the lining fabric...the ruffle...TOO cute.
How awesome is this black & white fabric? I gave this one two straps--one to hold the bag, and one with a key ring on it.
(and apparently forgot to take a good photo of the whole bag. huh. sorry about that.)
(sorry about the stinky lighting here...I made this one on a different day and couldn't get good shots because it was so overcast outside!!!)
This wouldn't have been my first choice of fabric. But I couldn't say no~~the kids were flipping over this because it says "Reading is toad'ally cool!" They NEEDED it for the library teacher. So I did a ruffled strap, so as not to...(ahem)overwhelmwith this print.