<p>I'm sorry, but I think this GC is wound a bit tight. These are teens, for heaven's sakes! And they are trying to figure out life paths! </p>
<p>By all means, grovel a bit for missing the deadline. But, man, I'd sure consider a guilt inducing line that says something like
"I am so terribly, terribly sorry that I missed the deadline you set. Since then I have been unable to sleep well and I have been crying constantly because I am terrified that you hate me and I have made you so angry that you will not be able to assist me in applying to colleges. You stated that you may not be able to finish the letters I need and that is really worrisome to me. I am sending copy of this note to Principal XX because I think it's important that no teen be put in this position in the future. All teens need to know that their college applications are in jeopardy when we miss your deadlines. I know now to take your deadlines very, very seriously and I am truly sorry."</p>
<p>Yeah, it's over the top -- both with the groveling and the misery -- but it will make a point to GC and principal that what is said and done really does have impact.
Anyway, maybe you have best go with the cookies and sorry words and if that doesn't get you a smile and a "do-over" then you can zap GC with a note like the one I drafted!</p>