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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dinosaur Rant

In Owen's schoolbag, there was a note from the school director, asking us to stay on Tuesday for a thirty to forty-five minute meeting because "We want to let you know how you can help us" with an event called the Dino Family Fun Fair.

This inexplicably filled me with rage.

Why do I need to sit for a forty-five minute meeting to discuss something that could be sent in an email?

Why do I need to either make arrangements to have somebody watch Joel for this meeting or spend the entire meeting scooping him away from the bathroom?

And the potted plants.

Perhaps the framed picture of the Pope.

Maybe Owen's classroom of forbidden wonders.

Let's not forget the life size statue of Mary, which he has been hell-bent on falling (like a statue of Stalin) since the first day of school.

More importantly, why this expectation? Why is my time unimportant? Why is it assumed that I give a rat's left testicle about the Dino Family Fun Fair?

I'm not going. I will be the slacker mom. I will do whatever you tell me to do--make a paper mache brontosaurus, whatever. But I will not sit in that chair.

(And if you think this has anything to do with the fact that Paul is going on a business trip to Hawaii next week, you may be on to something.)

22 comments:

blueviolet said...

No way! That's an invitation to be suckered into volunteering for something. Red Flag! Red Flag!

Caution Flag said...

45 minutes? No way!
Husband going to Hawaii without you? No way!

There's just nothing good that can come from either of those events.

clearness said...

That's a bad thing about private schools, they expect the parents to pay tuition and volunteer their time, and donate their money.........

Good luck with the fund raising.

SamiJoe said...

Yikes- who cares about anything else! Hubby is going to Hawaii without you???
I'd sit at home and wallow it out-definitely not in a chair of theirs.

noisycolorfullively said...

Don't go, Nancy! Stand strong.

And Paul in Hawaii without you! That stinks! I get pouty when Leo goes to the "arm-pit of the South" state on business without me, I can't imgine the Hawaii grumpies.

LB said...

I'm more curious about who will actually attend said meeting! Seriously, who has time to sit in a meeting that is NOT about behavior issues or academic shortcomings? I'd rather stab both of my eyes out with a hot poker! WTH?!?

The Rambler said...

Wait...your husband is coming to Hawaii for business?? Are you??

I'm with you. I will do anything I can make at home...but make me sit in a chair and listen to people go on and on because no one knows how to make a committed quick decision so the meeting can really be 10 minutes. Sigh. Too much?

Stand strong girl!

Sonya said...

Oooh I HATE that. I had my youngest sons teacher actually walk over from the school telling me I needed to cook with their class and since I couldnt speak dutch my son would translate. Im telling you if I had my permanent residency card I would of given her an ass beating..american style.

Ms. Moon said...

Ooh, girl. You deserve an award. Or maybe three. Go put on your tiara. Really. Do it.

michelle said...

Is the meeting mandatory? It sounds annoying.

I'm with LB. You've got better things to do. Like GOING TO HAWAII WITH YOUR HUSBAND!

Bethany said...

say no to Dinos!

Cat said...

Just say no!

My son's school is always having parties and asking us to bring stuff in. It's always juice and cupcakes, neither of which I let Boy eat... yet I have to throw my hat in every third party or so.

June said...

I wouldn't go either!
Send me an email or the minutes!!

Coby said...

Don't go - that's what e-mail is for! Besides, part of the benefits of not being a teacher anymore is not having to sit through 45 minute meetings that could be done via e-mail.

Sorry to encourage your delinquency!

mama-face said...

I see the words Family Fun Fair and cringe. And what is up with meetings? What usually happens is a bunch of tangents leading nowhere. With me starting most of them usually. Love that you will NOT sit in that chair. :)

Who does business in Hawaii? jk.

Good Luck with the dinosaurs.

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I wouldn't go to that meeting either. This is something that can be handled by phone or e-mail in a LOT less than 45 minutes.

And your husband is a bad, BAD man for going to Hawaii without you. ;-)

Minivan Lover said...

Unless there is wine- good wine-, I agree no-go. HOWEVER, I do heart paper mache, so let me know about that brontosaurus

Mama Zen said...

Run! Run like the wind!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm with Blue Violet! Stay as far away as possible otherwise you'll be on a committee before you know it....

Have a good weekend,
jj

Bekah said...

Stay Strong. Just Say No.

Corrie Howe said...

Too bad you couldn't get someone to watch the kids and go with Paul. My husband and I did this once. We went to Malibu beach. I read all day while he was at work and spent quiet evenings with him. It was wonderful.

Lluvia said...

mmmm...sounds like a boring meeting.