The Rubber Duck….

My boss instituted an award this year. It is a rubber duck, no really, a live (so to speak) rubber duck. Each staff meeting we have,  the previous recipient is supposed to pass it along to another staff member with some appropriate comments.

I don’t like the duck. You might cluck or you might buck but I still do not like the duck!

I wonder, do I hate the duck so much because it is a bi-weekly reminder that I am low on the status pole?  Do I dislike it because I am jealous (always a possibility when dealing with humans)? Do I dislike it because the nature of teaching demands that we do our BEST work when no other adult is watching and therefore, we don’t know how good our peers really are and have no criteria for the awarding of the coveted duck? Maybe I am just insecure and incapable of self-validation?

I don’t know, perhaps all of the above is true but I DON’T like the duck!


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Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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2 Responses to The Rubber Duck….

  1. What is it supposed to reward?

    • Edward says:

      That’s never been quite clear to me. I think it is someone you feel is doing a good job. I always think these things are better in theory than practice, but I am probably just sensitive to the fact I’ll probably never receive it and if I did, I wouldn’t feel like I deserved it:-)!

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