Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Emily Post would be Ashamed

OK, several years into my teaching stint I realized my students had NO IDEA how to do thank you notes. I taught mostly computer science (translate: nerds) and we often went to competitions, or had speakers from industry and such. As much as they hated it I made them write thank you letters.

So after a few rounds of this I got one that said “Thanks for coming and I hope you liked the bagels, you ate most of them anyway.” This from a kid with an IQ near 200.

Obviously couldn’t send this one to the college professor that had driven over three hours to come and spend the day with us.

So I made them read up on thank you notes ala Emily Post, and we did a big project where they had to go out and interview someone that had a job in a nerdy field…you know, programming, IT, something technical. The results were very funny. Most of them interviewed their dads, and they were all very surprised to find out that even if it was a cool “web job” that writing was still involved.

The second round of notes were much better, some even rose to charming.

So after all these years of preaching that they had to write NICE notes, here I am and I haven’t even acknowledged my secret Knit the Classics buddy! Shame on me!!!

It arrived while we were Giving Thanks up in Williamsburg. What a great surprise to come home to!

The book is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. This is great. My math major self hasn’t allowed much branching out literature-wise, and this is something I haven’t ever read. Yeah!! She also included a gift certificate to Starbucks. I have visions of a nice long evening sipping hot beverages (it a chilly 50 degrees here!) and reading. The best part of the plan is it requires leaving the house WITHOUT children.

Those of you with resident miniature people know this yearning. It is almost a great as the fantasy of going to the potty without “help”.

Thank you Alice!! I cannot wait to get started, and I am sorry for being such a lame-o for taking this long to mention the present. You rock!!


candsmom said...

I cracked up at your comment about the fantasy of going to the potty without "help." Just once, I'd like to be able to go without having to give a blow-by-blow commentary of what's happening while I'm in there. I sure hear you about the Starbucks fantasy, too. Mine usually entails going to see a a THEATER (?!?) beforehand. It's a fantasy over 4 years in the making, but the anticipation is delicious.

What a wonderful gift from your buddy!! I'm really happy for you. Have fun enjoying your great gift! :-)

knittinmom said...

The geek thank-you-note incident is too funny. Although it is sad that even the smarty-pants kids don't have good writing skills these days. My stepdad teaches law and is just appalled at the lack of writing skills of his students.

BTW - your dad's vest looks GREAT! You should start selling your patterns. Seriously.