Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of lives that draw us closer and closer and closer to the inevitable anxiety and indecision involved in buying a gift for your child’s teacher.
It’s a time that’s fast approaching — not that you need anyone to tell you.
A recent survey by GroupTogether, a service that allows groups to collect money online, asked teachers what they really wanted and what they really, really didn’t want.
“As lovely and thoughtful as it is and any gift is appreciated, no more chocolate, hand creams, mugs, soaps and candles please,” one teacher responded to the survey.
This teacher is not alone.
The 198 survey respondents listed their worst gifts for 2016. And if you were looking at that lovely tea cup in Myers and you were thinking it would make a tasteful, elegant gift for Mrs Lloyd who teaches Year Five, I have some bad news for you.
Mugs top the worst gifts list. Quickly followed by hand cream (which is baffling, really. Who doesn't want a lovely tub of fancy hand cream?) and chocolate.
The inclusion of chocolate on this list leads me to question just exactly who is teaching our children and what sort of monsters are they, but there you have it.