Thursday, August 23, 2007

Oh Crap!

I think I've dropped the ball. But I didn't ever really see where the ball was to catch it. How can they expect someone who has never even been to a PTA meeting to plan an entire open house in, what? a week-and-a-half? I feel like a deer caught in headlights. I normally try to avoid cliches, but here's the thing: it occurred to me that this particular cliche is good for this situation because, that's really how I feel and I'm terrified that, just like in that situation, the deer (me) is going to do a ton of damage to whatever's got those headlights (the open house tonight).

Maybe I should have asked for help. Maybe I shouldn't have agreed to be a chairperson. Maybe I should have waited until school started and I went to a PTA meeting to agree to be a chairperson.

I know why I did it though, agreed to this. It's because now I have to do it. If I had just told myself that I would join the PTA this year but not be responsible for anything, I would have found a ton of really lame excuses for why I couldn't go to meetings. But as a chair, I can't skip out, and the part of me that wants me to succeed knows that and makes rash decisions on my behalf that trap me in situations where the rest of me feels like it would be better to get the stomach flu right now and just be sick all weekend.

3 comments:

Princess Sparkle Pants said...

In my (humble) experience with PTA meetings, the Open House night is one of two meetings where most parents will attend. At this one, they introduce the chairpeople and describe some of the initiatives for the year, then they just send the parents off to meet the respective teachers. Piece of cake! (FYI, the other big meeting is the one that is followed by a play/musical performance/dramatic reading/whatever by the kids)(that's the one where I usually cry).

Mommy's Nintendo said...

This is different. This is the night when all the students visit with their teachers before school starts. We went last year. It was crowded and hot. I think I'm supposed to be scheduling people to cover the PTA table and take family pictures, but I'm not. Hopefully someone else is taking care of signage because I'm not. And I'm supposed to be getting decorations for the entrance of the school. But I'm not. Except I bought some flowers. I hope they have vases...

the grandpa etc. said...

You'll do fine. And if you don't what's the worst that could happen? Well, besides that...?

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