Saturday, September 18, 2010

If she was a PITA then, she most likely still is one.

Many moons ago, when S1 and S2 were in pre-school I was on the Board of Directors. Yeah...it was a REALLY important position. We made life and death decisions about whether we should allow juice boxes or not, how to make sure that none of the children brought a hidden token from home (those extremely taunting matchbox cars in pockets, or an especially beautiful hair clip, snuck from home )...you know, life altering decisions.

There was one mom that took her role in this leadership so seriously that there were meetings that she would be shaking by the end. It drove her crazy if anyone strayed off topic--ever so slightly--with a funny anecdote or a suggestion of change. This woman didn't just want to volunteer, she wanted to be the only one with an idea...one that would be implemented EXACTLY to her plan.

She drove us all a little nuts. This was pre-school, not Harvard.

Fast forward to last week. I was asked for some ideas for fund-raising for S3's sporting team, by some of the women that had been involved for a couple of years and they were tired of the same old same old same old ideas.

Of course, when they asked me, they did it in the perfect way, by flattering me. Yep. It really works. They told me I was smart, efficient, talented (yeah, they went a little overboard there) and wanted some fresh input.

I came up with an idea that was met with absolute glee, as it had never been done before, would make good money, quickly, and with little parental involvement (I believe the ones needing the money for the pay*to*play and equipment, ie: the players, need to pony up the effort to have their needs met.) So, all was sailing along. I agreed to do ALL the contacting, calling, organizing etc...so they were also thrilled that they could focus on some other things.

After sending out a mass email to all concerned at the school, athletic department, parents etc, I sat back waiting for the responses. Still feeling a bit like a loser from Middle School, I waited for the onslaught of "what a stupid idea" and "where the hell did you come up with that one" comments. Surprisingly, it was met with enthusiastic response.

Except for one parent. Guess who?

The pre-school nightmare mom. Her youngest son also plays the same sport. Her email contained NO salutation, no signature (her name is her email so I know from whence is came), just a brief string of words with no punctuation between......telling me that this idea just wouldn't work.

(She also adores Palin....thinks she is a genius..dear God). It was the best laugh I had all week. Out of 45 emails, hers was the only one that was negative. Truthfully....I think she was probably crazed that it wasn't HER idea :)

Keep your eyes open for her in your playgroup, pre-school, grade school etc. There is one of her everywhere. I think they spawn during the predawn hours and have clandestine meetings to determine who is going to infiltrate which organization. We can't let them take over.

It's gonna be a fun school year.

Oh, and for those of you that were concerned about the state of my marriage. Thank you. BigD goes through these funks and it rarely has anything to actually do with ME. I just take it all personally. He did agree to let me schedule a complete physical for him. Now I need to figure out how to talk to the doc first and tell him to prescribe some better antidepressants. I know how much BigD loves me. He shows it (yes, even in public--but not over the top gross ways) and tells me. He says I am "the glue that holds us all together". He is at a funny time in his life too. We girls have menopause, and men have it too. Nobody can ever convince me otherwise. He would love to retire but can't. Would love to be working somewhere else, but can't (long story for later), and feels very overwhelmed with all things related to home maintainance.

He has always had ENORMOUS pride in his "showplace" of our home. (Yeah, drives me nuts that he really feels the MUST have "the best" looking yard, house, etc etc...comes from his parents that were perfectionists to the max and also a bit of an insecurity complex on BigD's part that he wanted people to see how well he was doing) We have a huge yard with many islands, and "feature" areas. IT IS TOO MUCH WORK! I have been telling him for years he needs to scale back the "show". Finally...he has agreed. We are pulling in all the islands to a more manageable size--mulch alone was costing a whole paycheck--and making some adjustments to ease the amount of outside work that needs to be done. As the boys are getting older and actually moving out, he sees the writing on the wall. No way will he be able to maintain this on his own, and the little Mrs here....I have NO time to be farting around outside because the house is big too and I have more than enough to do already. (Most of the neighbors have landscapers, cleaning ladies etc. We have off and on had some help but part of BigD's pride is that he needed to do all the stuff himself--a proof of sorts--that he was worthy or some other kind of macho BS.)

Anyway...things are status quo for now. Thanks for your concern :)

8 comments:

preppyplayer said...

I love when you post! U bring us all up to date.
1st- THAT MOM! I know her! She has followed me around for years. Since she is a "professional mother" she has no patience for amateurs like me :)
2nd- Yay! Glad all is well and was pretty sure it would be...

Amy said...

Hi. I'm returning the comment you left on my blog. (you didn't leave an email address....)
Thanks for the idea. I appreciate you spending time thinking about my dillemas. :)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by my humble corner of the blogsphere. I look forward to seeing you again.

P.S Every group has one of those women. Even missionary groups. ! LOL

~jill said...

THAT mom....hahahahaha. I used to get in moods where I would say/do things just to freak her out.

Hang in there with the hubby. We've just entered the empty nest years and it is an interesting time. Somehow guys just don't seem to be able to adjust to the new seasons of life as easily as women and somehow they seem to think everything is the wife's fault. Eventually, they start thinking again.

awomanmyage said...

I totally agree that men get MANOPAUSE and become the most annoying little bleeps ever.

I wouldn't even respond to little Miss so and so. We have one of those in every Buddhist group I've ever been in too. They like to suck up a lot of air.

Dodi said...

Hello! I haven't been "blogging" (reading or writing) for most of the Summer - so I just now learned of your big weight loss, new S1GF in the family, and am glad things are going better with your husband. (God, they can rip a hole in your heart with a look sometimes can't they? I, too, always take it personally.) Am envious of your new granite counter tops... gosh - I need to come around more!!!

edenland said...

I thought you meant PITA bread .... must be the PTA, like that Dolly Parton song 'Harper Valley PTA.'

Dave is EXACTLY like Big D ..... stupid big fat house. Seriously, like a big extension of his penis. And when people come for the first time and he's not here, his first question is always "What'd they think of the house hon?" But he's stopped asking, because I started to respond with "They said it was SHIT."


Love love love you. And we WILL meet up one day, lovely.

XOXOXOXOXOX

Dr. Deb said...

PITA, love it!

Unknown Mami said...

Oh gosh, that woman sounds delightful. I'm glad for the marriage update. We all go through phases.

Thank you for your kind support.