The duration of my career has been the exception to this rule, however. The gifts at sites like mine are few and far between, and most of the time they are student made or used. But this winter, I received a very nice Starbucks' travel mug for a gift the day before we went on break. Like I do with all student gifts, I showed my appreciation my thanking the child profusely and letting him know how much I loved it. The next day, the last day before winter break, I received two ceramic coffee mugs. Between those and the travel mug, that was more coffee cups than I'd received in my entire career, all because I overdid it on the thank yous.
The gift giving continued on Thursday during our Valentine exchange. The crayon hearts were a hit, by the way. Valentine's Day is always a favorite with the kids. More so than our Christmas or even Halloween parties. They all arrived with their Valentines for their classmatess and some brought gifts for me. At the end of the exchange, I opened the gifts brought in for me which ranged from handwritten notes and pictures to a rock to flowers. And yes, more coffee mugs. After opening the first one, the kids ooooooed and ahhhhed over it. Reminding me it was like the ones I got for Christmas. When I got to the second one, their exasperation over "Another one!?!?!" was smoothed over by my response of, "Now I have one for both hands!". By the time I got to the final mug, one particularly concerned boy asked, "How many coffee mugs does one person need?"