Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Surreality

That's what the past five days or so have been. Instead of it being like I'm hallucinating in a dream state, it's more like it's a nightmare state. You walk around knowing things. You just know them. But there are people telling you that what you know is not true. Now those people denying what you know are not many in number. But what they lack in number they make up for in power.


Yes, the superintendent is a liar. Smooth talking, yes. Polished, yes. Sincerity oozing out of her pores, yes.


But a liar.


And everyone else you know is telling you, yeah, she's a liar. Yup.


But there she goes spouting off her lies to the public.


And in your head, as you're trying not to stand up in front of the entire packed school board meeting and shout, "You're a fu$%kin' liar," you're just singing a little child's ditty.


Liar, liar, pants on fire. Burned your butt on electric wire.


Liar, liar, pants on fire. Burned your butt on electric wire.


After you have your two cents in the public comment section, and you still manage not to say, "You're a f$%ckin' liar," a break in the meeting is declared. This break occurs after the decision is made to go back to what we were originally promised nearly three weeks ago with regard to the closing of Daughter's middle school. You go to the back of the room, where all those people who know the reality that you know stand in a crowd.


One woman says to you, "You showed excellent restraint, Patty."


And you say, very loudly, "Yes, I did, I didn't call her a lying f$%kin' bitch. Because we all know she's a lying f$%kin' bitch."


And you walk out through the haze and to your car and go home.

6 comments:

Cricky said...

Please tell me the superintendent overheard that comment, because she REALLY needs to hear the truth.

Patois said...

She could have. Of course, I've been telling her, more politely, that she is wrong for a number of days.

That superintendent knows the truth. She is deliberately lying and, even when told there are many of us who say she is wrong, she refuses to say that publicly.

Anonymous said...

Well played. Yet it takes the wind out of an honest person's sails.
My husband used to go to many Board meetings and speak to the superintendent's face, asking good questions and getting nothing honest in return. (gotta keep that $400k salary).
It has zapped any expectations and crushed participation.
But I guess he/we can still sleep honestly at night.
--Michele

Tara R. said...

Yes, you showed great restraint.

Patois said...

Tara, thank goodness I have an R-rated blog to rant on!

Michele, my expectations are utterly zapped!

JTS said...

Powerful post Patty! I'm behind you all the way on this one. The hardest thing is to not say all you want to while still saying enough to let people know that you aren't willing to be a sheep led blindly to the slaughter. I'm proud of you for speaking up as you did, it was right, and it needed to be said.

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