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Imponderable of the Day: Why Do We Give Apples to Teachers?

April 16, 2014 12:03 pm

Every September, millions of little ones anxiously board yellow school buses, red apples in hand, eager to greet the school year and new teachers. But what's behind the tradition of presenting apples to teachers on the first day of school? Do teachers inherently share a liking for the fleshy fruit — or is there something more to this tradition?

Actually, the tradition can be traced back as early as the 18th and 19th centuries. In 18th-century Denmark and Sweden, poor families used apples as a form of payment for teachers. In America in the 19th century, a frontier teacher's pay was so little, he or she could barely afford to eat. During this time, students were frequently sent to school with potatoes or apples to help a teacher put food on the table. In fact, in some cases, it was the responsibility of students' families to compensate frontier teachers with room, board, and food.

Why Do Teachers Like Apples? [Children's Museum Indianapolis]
Why Are Apples Associated with Teachers? [Why Guides]
Why Do Students Give Teachers Apples and More from the Fruit’s Juicy Past [Smithsonian]

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Happy Spring!

April 14, 2014 11:18 am

The sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. Wishing everyone a lovely Spring!

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Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

April 2, 2014 12:03 pm

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature in the old fashioned cottage-style gardens at Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Unique herbs, potted shrubs, native plants, vegetables and a wide selection of nursery stock are all grown free of chemical pesticides and preserved in perpetuity under the auspices of the Maryland Environmental Trust.A myriad of plant varieties is sold at the farm, so you can take them home and create your own oasis of beauty. Hand-crafted herbal products, planters and floral arrangements are also for sale. Learn more about earth-friendly gardening at one of their classes. Relax with a cup of herbal tea by their pond and bask in the fragrance of fresh herbs and flowers.

Willow Oak is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm
8109 Telegraph Rd
Severn, MD 21144
(410) 551-2237
http://www.yelp.com/biz/willow-oak-flower-and-herb-farm-severn

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