March 18, 2012

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig.

I'm back from my conference. It was long, I'm tired, and I can't believe how much travel I have coming up.


I frickin' love Marine wives. I did my talk on Leadership (went VERY well, btw) and I found out later that all the Marine wives were googling JJDIDTIEBUCKLE and one of them was txting her husband during it. Frickin' cracked me up.


I'm in the bad books with some people much higher up the food chain then myself. Voting one's conscience and not going party line, will do that sometimes.

No regrets.

Kinda sucked having to stand up in front of hundreds of people, alone, and on a dias just kind of pronounced the suckiness of it all.

No regrets.

Knowing my single vote literally changed the entire meeting... absolutely highlighted the suckiness that is potentially my future.

Still. No regrets.

Spring break is here and my kids are completely relaxed and happy to be off school. I may be happier than they are.

The older boys both made honor roll. Ringo, my perpetually unorganized eldest son, was so excited he txt'd me while I was at my conference.

Not sure about Bones.

I was at the meeting for all the parents regarding his trip to San Antonio. The only two people I knew, men, were not there. So I sat alone, waiting for the meeting to begin.

All these Moms evidently knew each other. Art Moms. All of them were like, "OH! So good to you!! Yeah, so Suzie Q is singing with ABC studios now and then she got the lead part in this great play!... and... and..."

To which the rely was, "OH! Us too! Johnny got the lead solo at wondergig for kids and well... you know... all that travel..."

And on and on...

I sat there quietly thinking, "Are you frickin' kidding me? I just want my kid to get through high school. This is to keep him from the riff raff..."

Good grief.

Posted by Boudicca at March 18, 2012 09:59 PM

Hey, I'm intrigued but I'm not following.. what was it that you crossed the party line regarding? What was the vote you alluded to?

Posted by: -flatlander- at March 18, 2012 11:21 PM

Just remember that Suzie Q and Jonny are going to grow up at some point, and I doubt they will be singing as a career. You are using this school to help prepare Bones for that eventuality - are they?

Posted by: Web at March 19, 2012 06:33 AM

Well, you know what happens to 'child stars'... You should tell the parents to save any money for treatment centers and therapists. :-)

Posted by: Jody at March 19, 2012 07:28 AM

I'm also intrigued by your crossing the party line... but equally sure we'll never know the details.

Voting the way you believe to be right... well, we'd expect no less... ;)

Posted by: pam at March 19, 2012 08:09 AM

I'm really involved with different organizations in town, anywhere from President of the band parents to various organizations that do a lot of with Veterans. For instance, this weekend I had the honor of listening to a woman tell us about the Veteran Wheelchair games in Tampa next year. I'm trying to figure out if I can drive over and volunteer, maybe taking a son or two with me.

So this one organization is a big organization that does a lot for Veterans. And they do a lot with schools. I don't agree with all their thoughts on things, but they do good work and I'm committed to that.

There was a massive massive bylaws change that was to be passed. I completely understand why people voted for it. I could not. It caused quite a stir. When it came down to the vote, I just could stand and say yes. It appears it failed by one vote.

So just an FYI, I'm a big believer in the power of the vote. I actually used it as an example during my speech when I spoke on leadership. Vote. And vote your conscience.

As for Bones... there really are people caught up in this performance thing. But this is Palm Beach County where EVERY child is beautiful, brilliant, and athletically inclined. I tell people my kids are just good looking, smart, and aren't clumsy.

Posted by: Bou at March 19, 2012 08:30 AM

Those "art" parents sound just like the parents up here that have their children in travel hockey or travel soccer.

And you know how useful that will be towards being employed.

Posted by: The Thomas at March 19, 2012 08:47 AM

I've long believed that a leader doesn't look around and follow along with the herd. Good Job.

Posted by: AC at March 19, 2012 02:39 PM

On the voting thing, I would never expect anything less. It would shock me if you were posting that you felt bad because you went along with something you didn't agree was right. The power of 1 vote can be amazing.

As for the Artsy people - yes it's amazing to listen to them. I'm with you - I was all about getting my kids through school. Extra curricular is all well and good, but some things are just ridiculous. heh.

Posted by: Teresa at March 19, 2012 02:50 PM