Saturday, May 23, 2009

I don't think so

The other day I was talking with a teacher at my school who is helping to organize the retirement party for my principal in September. It's going to be a big to do with drinks, dinner and dancing (like a wedding I was told). And, it's going to cost $110 to attend. I was asking this teacher if she thought a lot of teachers from our school would attend. She said they were passing out the flyers to see how many might attend. I mentioned that I definitely wouldn't. "$110 is a lot of money," I said. (Especially for a party honoring someone you don't like all that much.)

"What??" She replied. "Even if you save up ALL summer??"

"I don't want to save up all summer. I'm going traveling* I have other things to save up for."

She was truly shocked that I wouldn't want to go. Seriously, by September she will be so far from my mind. Why would I want to bring her back? June 26th we say addios for good.

*I'm going to Syria for the summer! I just booked my ticket. I'm going to be studying Arabic and doing some traveling in Jordan and Lebanon. I've been waiting for this trip for a LONG time!


X said...

I can't wait to hear about your summer...your plans are totally badass.

Anonymous said...

$110? That's ridiculous! I wouldn't go either.

And how exciting that your ticket is booked!

Not Quite Grown Up said...

Wow, that is ridiculous!! I can't imagine a time when I wouldn't think $110 was an overly exorbitant amount to spend on a party, even for someone I liked.

NYC Educator said...

That's double what they want in my school.

Have a great trip!

Angela said...

Wow, congrats on the trip!

Our principal's retirement party this weekend is $43, which included a very generous gift. We all think THAT is a lot, and most teachers aren't going. I am, but only because she's the best admin I've ever had (with no close second, third, or fourth). If I didn't love her, I wouldn't go. Don't blame you!

Miss Teacha said...

now this sounds like an IDEAL trip!!! definitely worth saving for. When will you come back?

We had a retirement party for our old principal and the cost was $30 or 40 and I was "tripping" b/c I thought that was expensive. Maybe, when she talks to other teachers, she'll see the reality of what she's asking. Or maybe all the teachers in your school have rich husbands. . . then, I guess it doesn't matter!