2009年10月16日金曜日

wow

So I've been bitching and moaning about my fish issues, yeah? Feeling sorry for myself with this job and bloody mothers who need to be spoon fed and then still can't follow instructions etc etc.

No more.

Well, ok, maybe a little more next Friday when I actually have to run Amy's class's stall but no more for now.

Today I went to the working bee for Meg's class's stall.

wow.

They had sent home a rather strongly worded letter (way less of the polite "of course, please only offer your help if it wouldn't inconvenience you in anyway" sentences that I had written and a lot more "if you don't help, this won't work. If it doesn't work your child will be disappointed.") well flies and honey and vinegar and all that last Monday there was a huge A3 poster taped to the window outside Meg'S class with (written in red for extra oomph) "We asked for 330 16x18 cm squares of plain, unpatterned cardboard and 330 pieces of 13x16 Japanese paper screen paper and we only have 110 cardboard and 120 paper. This is NOT enough. You have until Wednesday." Nice, huh? Well, it worked. Got home and quickly got our 20 pieces of each done grumbling and moaning and thinking nasty things about the class PTA reps the whole time.

Fast forward to today and I headed off to my 1:00 working bee- with my nasty hole punching tool (千枚通し in Japanese just because I had no idea what a '1000 sheet through' was on my instructions sheet) my scissors, glue, ruler and apologies that I don't own a wool needle.

The group of 10 or so of us sat down and the two class reps pulled out box after box of those cardboard squares we had prepared. Only now they had a little 2cm odd overlap made by cutting almost but not quite all the way through the card, folding it over and gluing the perfect sized piece of pretty patterned fabric on.

wow.

times 330

wow.

And just because that wasn't enough busy work they had also made pretty coloured paper for the front with a star and a flower punch out on each one- and saved the punched out pieces and glued them on (in contrasting colours of course).

wow.

Our job was inserting the sheets of paper, lining it all up, punching holes in the top, threading wool through and tying it off in a pretty bow.

Then on the day they will have a production line of mums writing kids names on their little book, painting their hand, pressing it on the middle page, washing and drying their hand before they touch anything, and drying the kid's handprint book before returning it to the kid.

wow.

I meanwhile will be letting kids go wild with bamboo fishing rods and paper fish with twistie tie mouths. Oh, and supervising a crayon colouring in table.

So, yeah, don't think my job is so tough anymore.

Oh, and as well as all that preparation of pernickity little punchouts and the like the leaders had brought three types of tea, coffee, a hot water pot, an assortment of chocolates and ..... home made madeline cakes.

wow.

just wow.

4 件のコメント:

Girl Japan: April Marie さんのコメント...

My gosh H, you are going through the ringer ... goodness! I hope you have a relaxing weekend!!!!!

Brenda さんのコメント...

Can't wait for the fun to start. You make being the parent of a kindergartner sound like sooo much appealing! :P

jo さんのコメント...

wow is right. it seems that supporting your kid and losing your life to your kid's activities are one in the same in japan huh. do they actually enjoy it? or am i just uncultured??

one of those things you have to kind of laugh at and say, "oh japan"...

Melanie さんのコメント...

Oh my, they definitely take all the fun out of doing anything for the kids, don`t they?

Definitely makes me not want to get volunteered for anything school related in the future.