The day before yesterday the boy came home with 3 seeds and told me he was going to give them to teacher for Teacher's Day.
Me: Where did you get them?
Boy: In the school field
Me: Oh. No. You can't give that to teacher. She's just going to throw them away. (thinking of all the other lovely gifts prepared and presented by moms)
Boy: They are seeds of hope (translated from Chinese). From Chapter 4 of my Chinese book.
Me: Don't give them to teacher. Its so dirty. What is she going to do with it?
Boy: Teacher said not to give her anything that will cost money.
Boy: Mom, I gave teacher the seeds.
Me: What did she do with it?
Boy: She put it in her pencil box. She also spoke to me for some time.
Me: What did she say to you?
Boy: She praised me.
Me: What did she praise you about?
Boy: I can't remember.
Me: So she was happy with the seeds?
Boy: Yes, I told her it was from Chapter 4 of our lesson.
Boy: See mom, I told you it was okay to give them.
Me: Ok. Ok. I trust you. That is why I didn't INSIST that you don't give them.
Few things on my mind:
- Should I have prepared some special nice gift for teacher?
- What did the teacher really think? Did she really like it or was she just being nice? Did she throw it in the bin right after?
- Should I have said something more to the boy or allow him to be himself?
- Did I kill his joy by saying "No, it's dirty. Don't. Teacher won't like it. She'll throw it. etc.