wanna be on my ticket?

I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to be the PTA president. I’ve had a fairly easy ride as vice-president these last two years, but now that it’s time to pick my cabinet, I’m befuddled and bewildered. For one thing, there are very few people willing to run as vice-president, when they know it means they turn into the president two years from now. For another thing, the current PTA officers keep wandering around during school events saying, “next year, this will all be yours!” and then cackling evilly.

Yeah, thanks, could you say that a little louder next to the kindergarten parents? I don’t think you’ve scared them off enough yet.

So I decided to put together my dream PTA ticket from the parenting blogosphere. We might not live in the same zip code (or even the same country), we might not bake for the bake sale or direct the talent show, but a girl’s gotta have a dream. Here’s my dream team.

For Treasurer: Penguin from penguinunearthed. I mean, she wrote a post about being an actuary–she must be good with money, right? And, she’s got working mom guilt. I can’t have any PTA allies without working mom guilt–how could I relate to them?

For Recording Secretary: Kimberly from Sanity & the Solo Mom. Blogger (other than me) most likely to have given birth to my daughter. The one thing I would really worry about is how landisdad would handle having her girls as well as our kids when my cabinet and I went out drinking together to plan back-to-school night.

For Corresponding Secretary: Vicki from Procrastamom, because I think she can actually type. Plus, her kids are older than mine, and she’ll be able to tell me how to avoid various tweener pitfalls (or at least laugh ruefully when I encounter them). And, she makes delightful cards!

And for Vice President: my good blog friend and the monster of all daddybloggers, Metrodad. First, because I really want a man on the ticket (subverting the dominant paradigm one old-school principal at a time). Second, because I like to do spit-takes during meetings, and I’m sure with Pierre around I’d be doing that at every PTA get-together. Emma Goldman famously said, “if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” I feel the same way about sarcasm, and I’m almost positive that sarcasm will be the centerpiece of the Metrodad revolution.

Who would you pick to run your fantasy PTA?

March 1, 2007. memes, meta.


  1. Vicky replied:

    I hereby accept the appointment of Corresponding Secretary. Even though I quit a position similar to that at my daughter’s high school last year…after only one month.

    But I promise to do better this time on the “Blogosphere PTA”. All hail Madam President !!!

    (hey, we could totally take over the WORLD with this group! Or, uhm, at least a few pages of web space, no?)

  2. MetroDad replied:

    I am honored by your nomination and duly accept. However, I must warn you that I have a very low threshold for politics. I have an even lower threshold for meddling parents. So there’s a very good chance that I’ll be the loose cannon of your administration.

    But kudos to you for being such an involved parent and taking on such a big responsibility. I know how busy you are with everything as it is so I commend you for undertaking such a time-consuming task for the sake of your kids. You’re a great mom, LM. You’ll do the PTA proud!

  3. penguinunearthed replied:

    I am honoured and amused to be chosen – my dad was treasurer of our equivalent body (called Parents and Citizens) for many years during my childhood. And my husband has just agreed to be President of ours this year. But your executive sounds like much more fun than any I’ve ever heard ofi.

    Mr Penguin reckons that President is the best position – you get to make the speeches and get everyone else to do the work (particularly the secretary and treasurer!) Although he has just had to sort out the politics of the canteen (should we outsource, should we pay a parent to run it with volunteers) after someone resigned.

    Ours doesn’t seem to be as female dominated as yours – I’d say it’s generally 25% male in the office bearers.

  4. Kimberly replied:

    I’m totally in, even if recording secretary sounds like way more work than the bogus “Vice-Chair” position I currently hold. Especially because I am 100% behind leaving the kids with Landisdad for drinking…I mean *planning* sessions.

    But, do I have to record the meeting verbatim, or can I just give my interpretation of it? I think my way would make the minutes infintly more interesting, don’t you?

  5. Doppelganger replied:

    What? No Court Jester? What the heck am I going to do?

  6. landismom replied:

    DG, I’m nominating you to run the book fair committee!

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