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Friday, April 20, 2007

You can call me Martha

Monday night I nursed a migraine into the wee hours of the morning. I haven't had one in a while; I couldn't figure out why my head was a poundin' and I was so queasy. I would doze off, toss and turn and think about the day. (I had just enough prednisone coursing through me to keep me awake.) And every now and then a thought would cross my mind: Did I just become vice president of my local PTA?
I know I went to the general election, with hot tea in hand and a nasty sore throat, to support Stephanie in her bid to take over the world. Or at least the PTA. (I don't think *they* know about her little chip problem.) Then there was a vacancy and a light-hearted threat from Zack's teacher and prodding and...



It's in the minutes; there's a paper trail. I am the co-vice president now. There's no backing out.

Not that I want to back out - I care about my kids and their school. Heck, I care about kids in general. If I had ran a real campaign, instead of a forced coup, I think It's about time... would have been a good slogan for this slacker mom.

It's the cultural iconology I am afraid of. I hear PTA, I think of Bree Van de Kamp and pearls. Polished and immaculate. Perfect kids and manicures. Cheerful and well-dressed.

So, I decided I need to revamp my look a little. Is the bow PTA-worthy or do I need a pouffy hairstyle? Something that screams I know how to make casseroles and I am not afraid of sharing them.

All kidding aside, it has been my fear of having to fit some cookie-cutter model of what a good mom, a good PTA leader, a good christian should be that has kept me away from stepping up and speaking out - from being the leader I could be. I imagine other moms feel the same way sometimes.

And that my friends, is not a good thing.



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3 comments:

stephanie said...

Forced coup? I'm aghast. This is your destiny, Lisa Milton. Come, come to the dark side...But in my dark side, there is no Martha or Bree - we don't do casseroles (chocolate chip cookies maybe), pearls are optional, perfect hair is frowned upon. Welcome!

The President's Husband said...

Congrats on your position of ultimate power, well your vice-president-shared-power position. You will do great. Look at some of the people who have held PTA positions... I'd rather have you at the head table.

-Stu

PS: I like those little french onions on my casserole when you get around to bringing one to a meeting.

SusieJ said...

I have the same fear -- it would take a forced coup to get me in that position as well!! But good for you -- I think Stephanie knows what it is really like. Based on what I've been reading on your blog -- they will love you.