I was going to just leave up one post today but I felt the need to vent about middle school parent night yesterday evening. Let me start by saying, I live in an uber-suburbian area of North Texas. Think big, blonde hair, bedazzled flip flops and jeans, botox, extraneous amounts of jewelry, Expeditions and fat wallets. If you know what I mean…
I’m not knocking the neighborhood….we chose to live here. It’s safe, decent and the middle school is excellent. The kids aren’t so bad either. It’s just the parents that drive me nuts.
As I’m sitting there last night trying to somewhat pay attention to a ruthlessly long PTA meeting, I can’t hear a word the lady is saying over the LOUD speaker because of two chatty Cathy dingbat twins sitting directly behind me. I put up with it for a while but finally couldn’t take it anymore and waited out in the hall before visiting my son’s first class. Before I left I took a look around and wondered how I ended up in an episode of the Real Housewives of Dallas.
Before you think I’m being hateful, keep in mind that these opinions and observations are coming from someone who prefers the elusive and long distance web-based relationships within the blogosphere rather than real life, tangible ones. That is just me. You could call me anti-social, I just call myself careful and selective. At least I’m not fake. I still have my real boobs, my lips aren’t any bigger than the ones I was born with, I prefer Jason Mraz to Justin Beiber, I don’t own any clothing with sparkles or sequins, I have a few extra pounds on me, I don’t wear much jewelry or makeup and I still shop at Walmart. Yep, even for….gasp! Clothing sometimes.
I guess I’m the odd man out. I don’t dress to impress and I could pretty much care less of what others opinions are of me or my family. We are good people and we are REAL. I believe that friends or quality are more important than friends of quantity and that is why I have two best friends (who I call “lifers”) and their families who I hold dear to my heart. No need to be fake to gain shallow popularity. Unfortunately as I’m observing many of these parents and overhearing conversations, that’s what seems to be what was going on in that school last night.
In almost every classroom I moved from and to something struck me as funny and pretty much typical of the school’s demographic. From the father trying to impress his new fellow football parent “friends” by thoroughly describing his entire middle school experience from centuries ago to the mom who somewhat yelled at the Video Tech teacher when he admitted that he was a bit behind in updating his school site. I wanted to tell the father to shut the hell up, nobody cares and tell the mom to give the teacher a frickin break…it’s only the first week of school for crying out loud!
I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m not supposed to, and that’s ok. For now it is humoring me and giving me some great material to use on my blog. So buckle up and get ready for a bumpy ride as the school year gets rolling…this is gonna be good. We have football games, choir concerts and band concerts approaching. I’m sure that I will be dumbfounded and flabbergasted more than once and will want to share it with all of my loyal followers and friends out in Bloggerland who seem to understand all too well!
And just because no blog can be without a picture: