Last night was curriculum night at the school. I try to go to as many school functions as I can. I don't really have the opportunity to volunteer in the classrooms like I would like to with everything going on with LaLa and Ham, but I still want to be involved at the school. I like walking in the door and the principal and the secretaries know my name. I go to curriculum night so the teachers know that they are appreciated and my kidlets know I care about what they do in school. I also think it is funny that teachers who are up in front of kids all day get so nervous speaking in front of parents. But seriously after being in the same school for 6 years I am pretty familiar with the school and the curriculum used. Well last night was a first. I was sitting in Roo's 1st grade class room with about 10 other parents and a teacher so nervous I don't know if she could remember her own name. A parent asked a question and the teacher was having difficulties answering her question. So me being the big know-it-all that I am - NOT - answered the question. It was about something that I am very familiar with and felt comfortable answering the question. Well apparently the other mother didn't appreciate me butting in and was quite rude in her response to me. I was a little taken aback and thought maybe it really wasn't my place to answer, but I think her reaction was a little over-the-top and maybe she was just having a bad day and yadda yadda yadda. Here I was making excuses for someone that was rude and spiteful to me - for making the huge mistake of trying to help her.
I later learned that she is on the PTO board of our school. The board that is suppose to be working with the school and the parents to make the school better for our children. Next week is the big kick-off PTO meeting for the year and the meeting where they are going to ask us to volunteer our time and money. How willing do you think I am to go and help out? And now I am upset with myself because I have allowed myself be dragged down to the level of pettiness that confuses me. UUUGGGHHH!
- Do you volunteer at your school?
- How do you deal with rude and mean people?
- Am I just a big whiner?