I hate that time of the month. No, not the time when I'm doubled over with cramps or bloated beyond recognition. Instead, I am referring to the once a month torture known as the PTA meeting. What was originally created to be a supportive extension for our kid's school-age experience has now been transformed into a keeping up with the Jones' nightmare.
There's always those one or two women who live, eat, breathe, and sleep PTA. Just like other religious zealots, I am not one to pass judgment. Do want makes you happy…just don't expect me to behave the same. If you want to dedicate all of your free time running carnivals and selling stale chocolate, knock yourself out. I have been known to volunteer for a certain cause or two in my time, but I don't feel compelled to sign my name to every list that is passed. Let's get real. Is the true worth of a woman really measured in how many committees she serves on? I give myself credit just for showing up to the meeting, itself. In my book, just the fact that I am sitting in an uncomfortable, under-sized, plastic chair instead of at home, in my pajamas watching American Idol, gets me brownie points.
Furthermore, when did it become socially unacceptable to donate money vs. time? I was raised in an environment where you gave, either, "Time, Treasure or Talent." As long as you were providing one of the "T's", you were doing okay. In this new hierarchy, however, the check writers seem to be treated like redheaded stepchildren.
Well, I say put yourself on a pedestal if that's what your ego needs. This Mom is secure in knowing that just because she doesn't sacrifice her Saturday to sit in a dunking booth, doesn't mean she does not pledge her allegiance to her children and their school.
So, until next month's meeting…hey, maybe I'll be lucky and my root canal will fall on the same day?
Rachel Hamman is not your ordinary soccer mom. She has been named one of the “Most Remarkable Women” on ABC’s The View and has been featured as an expert on The Today Show, sharing her sage advice with millions of women. Rachel has been highlighted in Glamour magazine for her philanthropic advances and was recognized for her ongoing community endeavors as one of the “Eckerd 100 Outstanding National Volunteers.” Her versatile background has made her a go- to Mom expert, where she has been quoted in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to American Baby magazine. In the spring of 2007 Rachel founded National Mom’s Night Out, an extremely successful campaign, to encourage moms to take time off from the kids and celebrate who they are besides being a mom. Rachel is the author of Bye-Bye Boardroom: Confessions From A New Breed of Stay-At-Home Moms and Mom's Night Out: Even Inmates Get Time Off for Good Behavior. Visit Rachel's Web site at www.themotherofreinvention.com.