I have become one of those mothers. Yes. The ones who volunteer at school fund raising events and school activities. Those mothers who bake muffins to sell at sausage sizzles.
I never thought I would be one of those women. Mama, a former full time working mother (because you have to in the Philippines), avoided school volunteering like the plague. I couldn’t blame her. Those things were riddled with politics and Mama doesn’t have time for bullshit (so very much like me).
So when my daughter started school I told myself I was going to avoid volunteering at school. I don’t like attending meetings. I don’t like politics. I don’t like socialising.
But then this year started slow. I lost one of my biggest clients and wasn’t expecting to have the same busy work schedule as last year. So I put my hand up. Yes, I did. But I was clever enough to consult another mother I know who volunteers at her daughter’s school about the ins and outs of this school volunteering thing.
Her wise words to me were to stick with the “doing” and not the “not doing”. Basically, she bakes for fund raising events, she volunteers her time, she helps out with the kids, but she doesn’t do meetings or elections or politics.
What a genius idea.
So I put my name down and now I am preparing to bake muffins to bring to school (nut free, of course). I am also going to man our sausage sizzle booth at the school during the local election this weekend.
Work has picked up though and the quiet schedule I thought I was going to have is out of the window. So now I’ll have to figure out a way to juggle it because I still want to volunteer.
Oh and on top of that, I’m trying out pole dancing too. Hubby said I am a walking talking contradiction. Hah!