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I never think of the right thing to say or do either, !!!usually!!! ...
except that this particular "thing" happens to me all the time. It's like
when I used to tell my kids to say, "My mom won't let me do it..." to get
out of stuff they didn't have the tools to get out of. It was a good ol'
stand by. And so is this: "This belongs to the school...I can't let you
have it. I'm so sorry." Sometimes I even say, "Oh, I wish I could take
some home too. Wouldn't that be great?" They don't seem to understand
anything else...like if it's *mine* (when I'm giving a workshop in art),
why wouldn't I just want them to have all the supplies they can carry out
the door? Oh well. live and learn. There is a real "freebie" mentality
around these days...often goes along with some second generation welfare
folks (oh, please...don't kill me for saying that...not ALL welfare
folks, just SOME)...I'm not really sure why everyone feels they "deserve"
to have all the free stuff they can get their hands on. You should go to
this one conference I attend called NAEYC (natl young chldren
educators)...the people bring in sacks to the exhibit hall to cart out
all the stuff they can. And the BEA (booksellers of America)...they have
outlawed wheeled carts and bags because people were stealing so much
stuff. Amazing. Ok, chip up and off we go to be good educators.
"So many things have made living and learning easier. But the real things
haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the
most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful
and have courage when things go wrong"...Laura Ingalls Wilder
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