Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is May 8th, National Teacher Appreciation Day (#TeacherAppreciationDay).

I asked for a hat with shiny red apples and Mrs Farrell pointed out I already had one. But it’s a ball cap I said, and it’s got the letters N Y C across the front as in the “Big Apple”. I can’t wear that!

So Mrs Farrell made me this one to wear today. I told her to make the apples really big and look she did.

I named the hat Gala (tee hee, snort!). Isn’t it soooooo very cute? Wheeeeeeeeee!

Gala hat design for National Teachers Day created exclusively by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon Horses®.
Gala hat design for National Teachers Day created exclusively by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon Horses®.

We all have lots of teachers we remember but we especially remember the teachers we loved.

When I think of saying thank you or showing affection my mind goes back to bringing the teacher a red apple. Did you ever actually do that? I did. There’s always apples where there’s horses. We looooooooove them.

But I didn’t know how the association apples and teachers got started. So I decided to look it up.

Seems there are lots of associations with apples I didn’t know about. There’s a link later where you can go for all that stuff. But here’s what the Smithsonian article said about giving a teacher an apple.

Held up as the paragon of moral fastidiousness, teachers, particularly on the frontier, frequently received sustenance from their pupils. “Families whose children attended schools were often responsible for housing and feeding frontier teachers,” according to a PBS special, titled “Frontier House, Frontier Life.” An apple could show appreciation for a teacher sometimes in charge of more than 50 students.

Apples continued to be a favorite way to curry favor even after the practical purpose of feeding teachers disappeared. Bing Crosby’s 1939 “An Apple for the Teacher,” explains the persuasive allure of the fruit. “An apple for the teacher will always do the trick,” sings Crosby, “when you don’t know your lesson in arithmetic.”

Read more at SmithsonianMag.com »

Cool, huh?

This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersWeek to post on social media.


Hattingdon® text black desyrel font.

PS By the way, tomorrow May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day. I don’t know what kind of hat I can wear for that. I mean they’re lost so…. ♥♥♥ And May 12th is Dog Mom’s Day, which is the day before that other Mom’s day. My Mom Mrs Farrell has red hair. Do you think I should colour my mane in her honour ha ha ha? ♥♥♥


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