I really don’t want to be the flower-grinch in addition to the Halloween-grinch, really, I don’t. I like flowers. I think little things mean a lot. Our kids need pretty things and moments of appreciation and as a science teacher, can I really be opposed to the handing out of flowers which inspire my students to pull them apart and look at their insides and ask questions about the things they find there? But you see, that’s just the thing… I wonder if anyone took a moment to picture what two dozen 11-year-olds would DO with flowers for the last hour of the day while I was ostensibly teaching science class? Because the flowers undoubtedly gave the children joy: joyously, they fenced each other with carnation stems, joyously, they ripped the heads off the flowers and surreptitiously tossed them at each other, joyously, they held onto the flowers for dear life to take home to their mothers, which unfortunately meant that they could not pick up a pen because they had to defend their flowers from the fencers and beheaders, joyously, they stuck them behind their ears (cute), onto the stems of their glasses (cute), and into various orifices (not so much), wreathed them, towered them, toppled them, buried their noses in them, tore off the petals one at a time, tore off the petals all at once… oh the joy of it all!
Next time you think about buying thousands of flowers for New York school children, why not just pay for our field trip to a nature center or art museum, or for flowers the day when I want the kids to observe them, draw them, or dissect them, or for any of the myriad things that we need so badly and can’t afford: beauty less-fleeting for the schools. Please.
(I grant that I am not 100% sure WHY we got carnations today, and possibly it could have been handled better within the school, but still! Really! The reason I don’t know why we got them is because I was so busy asking kids to stop doing —- with flowers that I never got a chance to read the four sentence explanation on the little tag accompanying the carnations).