Maybe you’ve been in this kind of situation, feeling like a fish out of water, like you don’t belong. You have two choices, 1) fight for your spot or 2) just swim away. I chose to fight.
I felt like this yesterday at my first Parent Teacher Association meeting. I’m just starring this whole public school thing. My oldest, Emily, is in Kindergarten. Since I can’t volunteer during the day, I thought why not join the PTA and help out that way.
OH MY GOODNESS! This is competitive. Enter the “mompetitors”.
I sat at the table, feeling like I was back in high school, sitting at the cheerleader table when I was the one that didn’t make the squad.
I realized I had two choices, 1) sit there and not say a word or 2) speak up so I spoke up.
I got into the competitive spirit of “who-can-do-more” thing. Now, I’m afraid I have signed up for too much! It’s supposed to be all about helping the teachers and administrators right? Oh I had that wrong.
I admit to being the tough kid back in school. My parents had to tell me to back off when I played soccer. They had to explain to me that to get the ball away from the other kids that I didn’t have to knock them down. I just don’t like being pushed around. When I get pushed, I push back. It’s not pretty.
I realized several things at that meeting; I have a lot to learn about Elementary School politics and I’m still trying to figure out where I fit, just like high school.
I guess you never really do get out of high school…