I've always been told to take this job with a grain of salt, and that I shouldn't be too sensitive. Of course, teaching has helped me develop thicker skin. Maybe it's just because I'm at the wrong school. But I wonder, do your kids ever hurt your feelings? I like to bring treats for my students on special occasions, like Christmas or Thanksgiving. I have so many nasty students at this inner city school that say, "Why didn't you bring us full donuts instead of munchkins?" I actually have one student who asks me for food on a daily basis with such an attitude. "Can you actually bring candy tomorrow? I'm a vegan and don't eat donuts." Mind you, she still takes a lot of donuts home "for mom." Many of them don't even say thank you. I'm on vacation in Greece now, and I got really sad. There was a tour guide who said to me how one teacher bought Greek bookmarks for all her students. If I were to do that, my kids will be so mean to me, asking me why I brought them that instead of something else. I plan on finding a new job aside from this nightmare of a high school, but hearing those things makes me feel really small and hurt inside. Has anyone ever dealt with this before?