Tuesday, September 13, 2005

PTA Overload

I'm exhausted. The bags under my eyes have their own bags. Yesterday was a two-PTA-meeting day, and let me tell you, it's like running a marathon without those little packets of goo. The first PTA meeting of the year is usually the one with the best attendance. The moms new to the school want to see what it's all about, others want to see what's going on, some want to get involved, and of course, at every school there is the core group of Moms Who Do All The Work. The first one was actually not so bad. It was at Boy #1's middle school. I went for the first three reasons. It's too soon to know if I'll fall into the last category. There were about 30 people there, including the principal and the assistant principal, both new to their positions. They are so young I had to restrain myself from asking them if they babysat. The budget for the year was discussed THOROUGHLY and approved. Upcoming activities and programs were also discussed. I like the feeling of knowing what is going on at school and being involved. I also like passing notes back and forth with the friend sitting next to me. It really felt like I belonged in middle school.

Then last night, the PTA meeting at Boy #2"s elementary school. Let me describe it to you this way. A hot and humid night. A sweltering cafeteria. Several families decided it would be a good idea to bring their babies and preschoolers, so there were about 6 LOUD children running around providing singing, dancing, and whining distraction. But wait, there's more. Several horrified kindergarten moms, thinking all the meetings are like this one. I assured them that they are not. Oh, yeah, several of the women doing most of the talking are low-talkers, so between that and the dancing children, who knows what any of us agreed to. It was sort of like a Seinfeld episode. We were only missing the puffy shirt.


SafeTinspector said...

"it's like running a marathon without those little packets of goo."

What little packets of goo?!?

Martwork said...

Actually, it is Gu.

The Big Squay said...

In our town there were PTA factions (like the Farmers Revolutionary Party and the Revolutionary Farmers Party) that had no apparent difference other than dislike.

If you like PTA meetings, you should try our form of town governance - The Town Meeting. It's like the PTA only everyone is older and much stupider. It's on local cable so when golf, poker, cricket and ESPN can't put you to sleep, this succeeds.

Oh yeah, they changed the name of PTA (some deranged PC thing) to - I forget - Al Queda or something.