Sunday, 2 June 2013

Speechless Sunday

The Great Summer Holiday begins, and yesterday Äiti's class graduated from school. Yes, she had taught them physics and chemistry for 5 years, and also been their 'homeroom' teacher for 3, including taking them to Stockholm during our Appalling Abandonment. Now, Äiti is not a sentimental sort, and  has a hearty dislike for young humans. She says they become tolerable at the age of needing educating in her subjects, and then she enjoys the challenge of their spirit. But usually at the end of the year she leaves the school carpark without much of a thought for those she has left behind. And those she has taught presumably are left to heal their wounds from all the sarsasm and twisted humour she unleashes on them! 
Not this year. This year her flinty heart melted. Here is the stash of pressies she got, supervised by Aila-sisko.
The stack of cash was given to her with a card saying she must get a portrait done of one of us by the official royal portrait painter, Denise Laurent. For once in her talkative life Äiti was speechless and she will not admit this but she shed a tear. And when she asked which cat should be painted, I am proud to say the answer was 'Punapippuri'. She has clearly educated these young humans well!
We also have our eyes on the bonsai tree - wethinks that will be great fun to prune. Äiti says she wants to keep it alive though. And she also received a voucher for pulla, a gift card from a delicious bakery. Her students know her well!  And the handsome ginger mancat in the photo belongs to one of her students too.
We are pleased that Äiti was so appreciated by her class, and she says she will miss them greatly. In the meantime, we have 10 weeks of her at home!

11 comments:

Sparkle said...

I went to that artist's page and - wow! I love her work! That is nice that Äiti is so well appreciated - since she probably doesn't get much of that at home! ;-)

Derby, Ducky said...

Nice stash of goodies! Even better if you get 10 weeks of mum time.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Wow! What a haul--those irritating young'uns must really loves her, eh? And the PORTRAIT commission! Well, what a wonderful thing for them to do. I dunno, King P--seems like you have some portraits already. What about Aila?

The Florida Furkids said...

That's really great! It's so nice to know that her students loved her so much!

The Florida Furkids

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

We cant wait to see the portrait some day. Congrats on the upcoming 10 weeks of Mom at home with you!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Wow! Looks like she made out this year! Boy oh boy we can't wait to see a portrait!

Prancer Pie said...

What a great cache of goodies! Surely there is something in there that can be shared with a "few" kittehz! (besides the bonsai, which will take mere minutes to destroy!)

Fuzzy Tales said...

What lovely gifts and cards to have received in appreciation for a year of hard work, i.e. the teaching.

The school system seems quite different, to have the same kids for 5 years. Here, you have one teacher for all subjects in elementary school, but then once you get to junior high (grades 7 - 9) and high school (grades 10 and up) you go from classroom to classroom, a different teacher for each subject, and different teachers for each subject per grade too. Or so it was for our human, eons ago now. :-)

Punapippuri said...

In reply to Fuzzy Tales, that's the same as here in Finland. One teacher (or just about) until grade 5; then maybe a couple of specialist subject teachers eg for physics and chemistry, and then in grades 7-9 specialist subject teachers in all cases except 'homeroom' (also known as 'tutor' in some countries) which is maybe an hour a week and this is where pastoral work is done.
Äiti taught this particular group physics and chemistry for 5 years, and was their homeroom teacher for the alst 3.

Terri said...

What a great collection of presents this year! We think the portrait will be awesome :)

Anonymous said...

We can not believe that king Punapippuri did not already have his portrait painted, but better late than never!!! A thank you is in order to his Finnish subjects, Aiti's pupils.
Dimitria.