I remember the last day of my high school life. Emotions were running high as students said their tearful farewells. My class entered Biology that day and we were surprised to find a cake! It was pleasant, and then the Biology teacher told us to write our thank-you notes on the board.
For her, for the Biology teacher. She told us to write thank-you notes for herself on the board.
I mean yes, I am grateful for the cake, and far more grateful for the fact that she swooped in and saved us when our last Biology teacher fucked us up. Without her, I don’t think we would have passed. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful, from the bottom of my heart.
But I couldn’t help but feel a bit weirded out that we were instructed to write thank-you notes. I would have lied if I said that things were not awkward when we wrote the thank-you notes. The whole class was confused and chuckling nervously, and in the end, I was the first to write the note just to get it over with.
Kinda makes things feel just a tad superficial, eh?
It’s almost like when Facebook notifies you that a friend has a birthday, and then you write just a short “Happy Birthday” without any meaningful extras.
I am more shocked that she thinks our class feels that entitled that we couldn’t have said thank you unless we were told to do so. Our generation isn’t that bad, right?
I mean, my friends did present a gift and a card to the lab assistant because they wanted to, not because they were forced to.
Though the Biology teacher was watching when they presented it apparently, and they hadn’t brought a gift for the teacher. Oops.
In our modern age where everything is taken care of by other people, especially the small stuff like garbage, it is hard not to feel entitled. It’s hard, especially when saying “thank you” is beginning to lose its credibility as gratitude and more as meaningless words.
So even though we may not say “thank you” as much as we should, at the very least, in the few times that we do, we convey it with the gratitude it should carry.
Otherwise, we might as well say, “Fuck you.”