I spotted this little set at a thrift store yesterday:
I was pleased to find all six stampers still inside.
I didn’t look very closely at them while I was in the store.
I just liked their vintage schoolhouse vibe, the bright goldenrod box and the rainbow of wooden handles.
I also appreciated the fact that they were made in Illinois.
My dad was a teacher and he grew up in Illinois.
The stamps made me think of him right away, so I was quick to hand over a few dollars.
Now that the stamps are sitting on the desk in front of me, I am amused.
The outside of the box says “INSTILLS PRIDE IN GOOD WORK.”
And yet, the first stamp reads “You were not listening.”
That makes me laugh.
I would have hated getting that stamped on my paper in grade school.
The box also says “CREATES DESIRE FOR IMPROVEMENT.”
The second stamp says “Watch spelling.”
That one makes me laugh even more.
I only paid $1.49 for the whole set, so I don’t why I feel a bit duped, but I sort of do.
The “Excellent” clown from the box isn’t even included. 😦
Neither is the “Very Good” sun.
In fact, all six of the stamps show owls.
I like owls okay, but these are sort of negative.
Except for the one that says “Perfect Paper”, but how often do you think anybody every gets that?
The fourth stamp says “You can do better.”
Finally, a vote of confidence! Or is it a condemnation of the student’s mediocrity?
My favorite is the stamp that reads “Do work over.”
No wonder someone donated these to Salvation Army.
This is a box of stamps for lowering self-esteem!
For the first time in my life, I prefer the clown.
Oh well, guess I’ll keep them anyway.
What did you do this week?
We wore bunny ears.