So, after a three days of Luke missing school, I wait in line to pick him up while listening to to all the languages being spoken around me. Then this mom said, "Yes, come to the meeting immediately after school, we need 20 people to be able to hold elections for the committees. We need people" (then she went on to translate it into Farsi for the other people in line)
And if you know me you know I'm a sucker, so I said, 'Can you bring kids?" And she said yes there will be lots of kids. So I thought, sure, why not, surely there will be enough people, but as my friend Renee says, "Its good to get your face out (in the public schools)" so I'm like, doesn't hurt, five minutes.
Well, hahah five minutes.
I'm a greenie to the public school system that is in a world of hurt. Cause when I walked in that auditorium there was 6 adults there and most kids were kindergarteners (is that because parents of older children are already desensitized to their pleas?). And they needed 20.
So for the next 20 minutes they are beggin people to come, announcing on the loud speaker, inviting teachers to count as well. so finally they get enough. I had to sign three different rosters to verify that i was there. Now I was not prepared for this intensity. I had no snacks. My kids were hungry, thirsty and tired. And they were bonkers. The 'babysitters' Luke, and Darby, were chasing Baylie everywhere and she was not happy about anything.
So the meeting starts and I'm making friends with a mom next to me who is normal and cool. And is offering me her snacks cause she can tell I'm dying here. But I'm looking at this chalkboard and I'm seeing that there are at least 15-18 elected positions needing to be filled and only 20 people here. So I start saying, "I don't want to do anything, I'm just here." Hoping that will help.
Do you know how this is going to go?
Well I think I might be signed up for something. I have no idea what but I think it meets once a month.
9 of the positions were for english as a second language people and I don't qualify for that and there is limited people and bonkers children. So I ask the lady how long this is going to last and she says, "Two hours!". Well, I politely excuse myself and say that I was not prepared (while everyone in the place is silently saying thank goodness the crazy lady and her children that keep knocking stuff over are leaving...there were other children, but of course i had the most with me...and the youngest, but they all thanked me for coming and were very nice). But the cute lady looks at me as I'm leaving and I say, "Fine, sign me up for what you do if they really need someone." And she asked for my last name, so tomorrow I'll tell you what I maybe suckered myself into.
Next time I'm bringing candy, lots and lots of candy. And possibly a portable dvd player too. And it better not be two hours.