I will have to be brief. Rant and run. But I can't stop thinking about an interaction I had this morning at the school.
I was just finishing up the task at hand when a staff member needed help doing some rather easy, but administrative type of stuff for the track meet today. The stuff nobody wants to do, but must be done for things to run smoothly.
At first it looked like another parent had it covered and I was ready to jet. Then I heard him explain that he frankly isn't very good with details and someone else should do it. No really. Please, take it away from me.
Ok, he didn't say that, but this is what I heard in his tone:
Now, I don't mind doing mind-numbing work sometimes. I don't mind lending a hand. I appreciate seeing working parents volunteering, because I know firsthand how difficult it can be.
But please, drop the complimentary 'I bet you are good at this' crap next time. Drop that grin. (Good thing you didn't pat my head too.) I'm not buying it.
I know a lame excuse when I hear it.
(Wait. Have you been talking to my kids?)