It was teacher appreciate week and I benefited from a 15 minute massage, plants, flowers, breakfast and today was casserole day. The idea is each teacher is provided with a casserole made a parent or parents. I received mixed signals because parent ONE asked what I would want and parent TWO stated they would bring one by. This is how today plays out: One of my students left campus for lunch and when he returned he brought a gift certificate for a local establishment. The card read, "This is your casserole." This provided by parent THREE.
Yes! I thought. I dodged having to take home a meal prepared by someone else. I have issues with food prepared by someone else mainly when it is packaged and transported. Was the food handled properly? Was any of the food spoiled? How long had it been since it was cooked? Had it sat out any length of time. So in general I am casserole fobic.
Then it happened. Unknowingly parent FOUR caught me in the hallway with a 20 pound casserole that was still warm. She was so excited I thought I was going to have to take a bite right there. Good thing she didn't have a fork. Then parent TWO brings in 2 meals. One baked chicken along with a box of rice and a bag of salad lettuce. Another meal was chicken spaghetti from a local company that specializes in catering.
After all said parents left I ended up the joke of the HALLway. General consensus was that I could not eat the casserole prepared by parent number FOUR. So what to do with a 20 pound casserole? I'll end up having to lie about how good it was. The consensus was I'd be okay with the 2 meals parent TWO brought in. Definitely the steal of the day was the gift certificate. I also got a giftcard for a local bakery.
Being raised in and around a Baptist church it is not uncommon for meals to be provided for different occasions: death, birth, illness, etc. I always trusted those meals for the most part. But what do you do when you receive a meal from someone that is less than appealing or from someone you have doubts about?
Good thing I've racked up about $150 in restaurant cards and certificates. Now I just have to find a sitter to watch the kids so my wife and I can enjoy a night out!