Blog – Giving Thanks

The spring, the unnecessarily verbose ‘16th Parent’s-Also-Appreciate-Teachers Drive’ took place.  (One does have to wonder about the use of the word ‘drive’, which suggests that reluctant parents require some degree of coaxing and persuasion to display gratitude towards their children’s long-suffering educators)

[N.B. The controversial element on the front of the postcard is not the fact that the teacher is clearly a freakin’ owl, but rather that he is accepting a gift over the value of HK$50 from a student, an act which is highly illegal in Hong Kong as per strict civil servant contractual anti-corruption guidelines.]

Despite my apparent popularity in the school (which I measure simply by the number of times a child holler ‘MMISSSTTAAH THHOOM‘ in my general direction), I usually receive surprisingly few cards. Indeed, like on Valentine’s Day, the postman delivers only a world of disappointment and rejection – with just a handful of students brave enough to pen their cards in English. Below are this year’s prime specimens…

Fig 1. – “Thank you for teach me English”, says Cherrie. The bitter irony...

Fig.2 – On a daily basis, teachers enrich lives, expand minds and enlighten the souls of hundreds of adolescent whippersnappers. A certain Cody, however, only wants me for my adhesive rewards and fairy tales…

Fig 3. – Ryan here is kind enough to show concern about my agile frame. Rest assured, my haemorrhoids have almost completely cleared up…

Fig 4. – Whilst Wing Yan cannot be blamed for liking Mr Tom – quote – ‘very much’, she displays a somewhat questionable use of love hearts as punctuation. Naturally, she was given detention immediately.

Fig 5. – All both of my ex-girlfriends might agree with Lai Cheung that I’m an unselfish lover…

Fig 6. – And finally a certain Purple strikes again

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