Saturday, September 25, 2010

I'm a woman that just realized she is now a grown up.

There is an event in most people's lives that make them realize they are now "grown up." For some people it is the day they graduate from college. For a few it is the day they get married. And for most it is the day their first child is born (or soon after). For me it was the day I realized I was attending the "Room Mother's Tea" at my child's school.

Do you remember "Room Mothers"? The one Mom that ran the Holiday parties, organized the donations for the teacher's end of the year class gift, led the activities at Field Day and helped with teacher appreciation week? Well, I guess that is me this year. Along with another Mom or two (thank GOD!)

I remember my Mom helping out with my school as I was growing up. I remember her being the PTA membership person, and gathering incentives from local businesses and counting the membership money after manning the PTA booth. She spent a lot of time writing letters to get "free ice cream cone" and "free game of bowling" coupons to staple to the membership envelopes. Then throughout the year, she continued to help out, using those connections to get fun prizes for the kids. I even think she was "room mom" for each of us kids at least once during our elementary school years. Those things just seemed like things a "grown up" would do.

I don't know why being invited to the "Room Representatives Tea" made me feel "grown up" over other events in my life. I certainly don't feel "old" (and I am going to clarify, I NEVER thought my Mom was old as I was growing up. We are barely 20 years apart in age, so actually I am older than she was when her oldest-me-was in second grade.) Maybe it is because I don't know if I am ready for this. I am ready to help my son's class in any way I can, but I don't know if I am ready to be considered a "grown up". Hopefully I will have so much fun with this responsibility, I will not seem like such a "grown up" to my son's classmates.

(And for those of you that really know me, just know I am still going to categorize myself as a "White Trash Mom" since I WILL be delegating AND I will probably be passing off things we will be doing as my own even if I got them from Oriental Trading.)

1 Comment:

Allison and Ben said...

I think delegating is a great idea. I really wish I could help out more in the classroom, the advantage of having two kids or at least kids who are older. I'm sure you will do a great job, no matter what.