Monday, June 15, 2009
Clearly, I am not a PTA mom
I just spent three and a half hours working the 2nd Grade Luau for Madeline's class and two others. I'm sunburned, again (Anyone want to take bets on how old I'll be when I have my first melanoma?). Oh and I'm exhausted.
The kids had a good time and I guess that's really the most important part. It was nice to see them having a great time enjoying some of the games that I was responsible for putting together.
Over the past two years, I have paid my $5 membership fee to be part of the PTA, but I never go to the meetings. I'll happily send in supplies for PTA events, but I don't volunteer to run the events. I'm happy to stick to volunteering specifically for my child's class. Apparently, I'm an anomaly in that regard. You either sit back and do nothing, or your jump in and do everything and become part of the PTA clique (I don't do cliques, I'm against them.) Today I pretty much went up against the 2nd grade PTA clique. Yay me (<-Insert sarcasm here.)! As the ONLY parent from my child's class to volunteer to help run the Luau, I was vastly outnumbered by the PTA moms from the other classes. I realized about 15 minutes into the morning that I was being deliberately ignored by the other moms (the PTA moms) despite my numerous attempts to interface with them. It made for an interesting morning. I can't tell you how happy I was to scamper home when the event was over.
If I learned one thing only today, it has to be that my instincts to not force myself to be a PTA mom was dead on. I may be a soccer mom now (yes, I'm finally admitting it now that it's been a full year since Madeline has done dance--I sort of miss being a dance mom), but I'm very clearly not a PTA mom. I guess I'm too friendly and inclusive for that snake pit. Hooray for being the inferior version of a volunteering mom!