So there I was standing talking to Pregnant Mum at yet another birthday party this weekend, when Scary Mum (scary as in Morticia Addams) came over to us.
"I'll be collecting £10 from each of you for the teachers' Christmas presents" she said.
Notice, no 'please' or ' what do you think?' or even 'a contribution'.
No, just 'I'll be mugging you for £10'.
"Oh" I said, in a bit of a state of shock, "What are you going to get?"
Buying time while I let it sink in and decide how I feel about this.
"Just some John Lewis vouchers, it's easiest" she replied.
"That's fine", said Pregnant Mum, "By Christmas I'll be too busy to decide what to get them anyway"
Scary Mum then leaves to accost other mums, not waiting for a reply from me.
Is this normal?
(I feel compelled to point out that I've never received £100 in John Lewis vouchers from my pupils' parents at Christmas)