"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....."
(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..."