I lost a battle last spring.
I wanted class shirts.
The local screen printing joint had given us a special deal of $8 per shirt instead of the usual ten for a custom design. Still, it was a major source of stress for a colleague. In fact all three of them were in agreement before the discussion was through and I capitulated because I cannot be the queen of the world. I know, shocking. However they had logic on their side. It was difficult to induce parents to send $8 for class t-shirts (i.e. we ended up paying for a lot of shirts out of pocket and those were inevitably the kids who 'lost' their shirts and didn't show up in them on field trips).
I loved the community spirit of dressing the kiddos alike for special days. I loved the cuteness of seeing a line of tiny purple people fan out and swarm the playground. I understood the argument against ordering t-shirts again this year.
So we're tie dying a hundred shirts tomorrow. Several of which I have paid for because "send a white t-shirt in your child's size" was also too challenging for a few people so they either sent no shirt or a shirt that was obviously already too small for the munchkin in question.
I just washed a load of white tees because asking for them to be prewashed was in no way possible. The odds of getting them rinsed properly at home before laundering are very slim indeed. We've bought dye. We've begged sweet and helpful parents to give up their afternoons and help us soak and squirt the shirts. This is not the sort of project I enjoy. I like drawing. Hell, I even like glitter. Anything using a staining dye? Too risky for my taste.
So wish me luck. I have to teach all the things and dye 20 shirts.