Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Weekly Wonderings #77

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2. I don't like anyone enough to do that. Yeah, I know, I'm a bitch. I get that all the time.

3. Speaking of being bitchy, I got a call from one of the parents of a fifth grader at the younger kids' school. I'm the idiot in charge of fundraising for the grade. I'm the idiot who has had to deal with way too many people in organizing one of the fundraisers. The parent called me to tell me she didn't see her precious son's name on the list. "I sent you an email about it," she said. I told her I had a hard time believing I hadn't returned the email since I've responded to 60+ other people about it. "I know you're inundated with it, but I didn't want Precious to lose out," she said.

4. I set up the date for her kid over the phone. Then, obsessive twit that I am, I went through my emails. Yeah, I had replied back to her, and she'd not responded back. Could I let it go? Nope. I called her right back and told her I had replied back and I didn't want her to think "I was a flake."

5. She apologized and blamed her husband for deleting my response. I hung up, hoping she'd get the message that she was the flake. See? I'm a bitch, all right.

6. Youngest is so headed for jail if he keeps up his current habits.

7. Heck, I know the other kids and I would love to make a citizen's arrest.

8. Speaking of being in charge of fifth grade advertising, one woman signed up to help. I sent out a notice about a meeting being held Thursday morning. Didn't hear anything from her in advance that she wouldn't be there. Got this from her after the fact: So sorry I missed the meeting- I'm sure you all came up with plenty of great ideas. Anything I can do to help implement, just let me know.

9. So I sent her this: Any chance you might be willing to take on the Read-A-Thon? E. has currently been "volunteered" to do it, but I know she already has so much on her plate. I know your daughter is a big reader. The short description: kids would be sponsored to read a certain number of pages over a six-week period. They'd get people they know to sponsor them. All monies raised would offset the amount the individual fifth grade student would pay for the outdoor education program. What do you think? (I am putting together the notes of the meeting and will include you on the initial distribution note, but since you asked, this would certainly be something right up your alley.)

10. And how does she respond? With: I would be happy to 'co' with someone, but I'd rather not take on full responsibility. Do you have a start date in mind? Is this something that has been done in previous years? So, in other words, you just want to pat yourself on the back for offering to do something, then not show up to the meeting or indicate you won't be showing up, and then not actually want to take it on. Yeah, we could use more of your kind at the kids' school. Whoo-hoo to you!


Giggles said...
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Giggles said...

Seriously you are not a bitch. If a man facilitated this fundraiser he'd be touted a genius, amazing, man of distinction, a great organizer! Since the beginning of time it's always the same people who volunteer, and they're always the ones who have the busiest lives too! I remember all the same faces, either driving for field trips, carnivals, baking, you name it!! You'll be rewarded in one area of your life or another!!

Hugs Giggles

D... said...

LOL! Those women are all over the US in all the schools. They slay me. Just do not volunteer if you don't want to do the work. It's that simple. No shame.

That automated response? Strange.

Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

Ha ha - can't stand people who pull that crap. That's why I just don't volunteer in the first place. ;-)

Maria said...

Oh, dear. You sound like one of those truly good parents who are involved and follow through.

I am the parent who signs up to buy toilet paper and kleenex all year because I SO do not want to be on some committee.

There. My dirty little secret is out.

Patois42 said...

Hey, I'm all for buying toilet paper and Kleenex. So long as you actually do. And as far as being one of those "good" parents, I think I'm doing it just for blog fodder. I'm not creative enough to make this stuff up!

Tara R. said...

I have to admit that now that the youngest is in high school, I really DO NOT MISS all the school fundraisers and PTA drama. So sorry you have your hands full with the flakes and wannabes.

jenica said...

i love you weekly wonderings. see, i just don't send my kids to school, that's how i avoid flaky pta parents. ;-D


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