Friday, August 14, 2009

Thank You Without Food

Today is my daughter's last day of school. Next week she starts kindergarten, but I'd like to thank the teachers at her old school before we go. She's been at this school since birth. I love these teachers like they are my family. The problem is that I only know how to thank people with food. This is the South. We are donut and biscuit people. We are not cottage cheese and fruit platter people.

Let's be real, I'm going to bring the teachers food to show my appreciation. And I hope I make a healthy choice at 7 o'clock in the morning! Until then, I have prepared a collage of photos of my daughter with her teachers throughout the years. Next to the photos I have posted this letter:

Thank you for taking care of me since I was 4 months old! Ms. Saadia and Ms. Dina used to cuddle me when I cried. Ms. Monica and Ms. Sadika would make me laugh. Ms. Rebecca helped me learn to go potty and taught me my letters. Ms. Aida taught me to be a good princess and artist. Ms. Morgan taught me how to learn more than I ever could imagine.

I have been very blessed to have had such wonderful loving teachers. All of the good parts of me are little bits of you and your wisdom. I know you'll take good care of my brother and sister, but I will miss you all the same. It has been a wonderful 5 years - my entire life!

Thank you for loving me and helping me grow.

Okay, I'm having a mommy moment. You have no idea how much these teachers mean to me and my family. It is a big leap of faith to trust people with your offspring. You want to thank your teachers by giving them the world, you want to feed them. I hope the letter and fruit platter will be enough.

Thursday Exercise Journal
Sweaty 30. Also known as the 30 minute intense boot camp. Jumping jacks, sprints, all of the drama.
6 flights of stairs. Busy day folks. And boot camp + Jari Love the night before = tired.

Thursday Food Journal

050 - Grapefruit
050 - Cottage Cheese
100 - Honeydew
200 - Ham sandwich
100 - Banana
150 - Almonds
070 - Peanuts
130 - Yogurt and blueberries
120 - 4 Graham crackers
410 - Pad Thai Ethnic Gourmet
100 - 1/2 of snickerdoodle and milk (I'm babysitting 6 kids and warm cookies with milk was our pre-bedtime snack. I know, I know. I'm showing my love with food again, but 6 kids! Guys, at 7pm on a school night you do what you can to survive.)

Weird Weight Loss Tip
Taste something. If you want something, have it, but just a taste. Like the 1/2 of the smallest snickerdoodle ever made that I ate tonight. It was yummy, and I didn't eat the whole thing. The taste of it did help stop the craving. Have a successful weekend. More writing for me. Happy eating and exercising until Monday!


  1. For 30 teachers? I'd need to sell a book first. Or two. We are thanking the whole school. Way cheaper to buy 2 dozen chicken biscuits from Chick-Fil-A.

    Actually, we opted for 2 dozen glazed donuts, box of mini donuts, and assorted whole fruit (apples, bananas, and oranges). Fits our budget! We save gift cards for the holidays, fewer teachers to thank. :)

  2. These teachers are so incredible, there's no pie sweet enough. :-) I think the collage and the words will mean so much! I've been meaning to write something to each or to submit a piece to AJC about how fortunate we are to have such an incredible school for the girls even since Audrey left last week.

  3. Donna, AJC? You are thinking big time. I like it. I've never forgotten the wonderful teachers I've had. I hope my kids don't forget either.

  4. Thank you for writing this. It is so hard to put into words how wonderful (and totally appreciated) they are.


  5. Michelle, thank you for stopping by. We've been lucky and blessed, right? Now if only our kids would appreciate how hard the adult in their lives work... :)