2010年2月9日火曜日

a glimpse inside the secret world of the kinder PTA meeting

(we join the kinder PTA meeting part way through a 'one comment from each of the 27 members' circle time discussion)

"I agree with the person before me, the teachers and the executive committee have all been so helpful and it was easier than I thought to be a class rep. Thank you"

"Well, same sentiments as the people before me, it was not as hard as I thought because the teachers and the executive committee were so helpful."

"Well, I have nothing new to say but the teachers and the executive committee were very helpful and it was beneficial being a class rep."

"Uh, me? Thank you very much to the executive council and the teachers. You were very helpful." (She wasn't even paying attention and she said the same thing as everyone else!)

"Well, I just want to repeat what everyone else has said: the executive committee and the teachers were really helpful. Thank you."

Seriously 26 women said exactly the same thing. Think of the time we could have saved had we just made and seconded a proposal to express thanks to the executive council and teachers!

And the 27th person?

"I do have a comment. I was wondering if it would be possible to move these meetings from slap-bang-middle-of-the-working-day 1:30 to say 4:00? We could all put our kids in late care that day and it wouldn't interfere with our work as much? Oh, and thank you to the executive committee and teachers for all their help this year."

That was me. And yup, had to put in the thank you at the end. I mean if I didn't I would be the person who didn't thank the executive committee and the teachers. That would have been too rude for words, I'm sure.

It was an interminably long meeting that really never got any better. After soliciting our comments on the year we started in on ideas for voting in the next council:

"Well, like everyone else said..."
"Hmmm, I don't really have anything new to add..."
"I agree with the others....."

GAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

(And so, after two hours we leave the kinder PTA meeting as they begin a debate on how many times a month bread should appear on the menu.....)

"Well, I agree with everyone else..."

2 件のコメント:

Xana さんのコメント...

ARGH! I have actually been thinking we should have a third baby so I have an excuse to avoid this special type of torture next year! But there is no permanent escape. In elementary school we have to do one year per child, so maybe 3 kids is not such a good idea in the long run. Just hoping they don't make me editor of the newsletter!
When I was an ALT I always wondered why they couldn't just number the speeches and stand up and say "Speech #3, Graduation" rather than drone on and on saying exactly the same thing as the person before them as the snow slowly piled up on the floor near the cracked window of the gym.
What a good mom you are! おつかれさま!

Mande's J-Life さんのコメント...

You are great! So cool that you stood up and said something worthwhile. I hope I will have the "courage" to do that in the face of so much conformity. It is often easier just to sit back and say nothing.