Thursday, October 2, 2008

In honor of Room Mothers everywhere...

So I was quite involved with my children's PTA organization when they were in grade school. For those of you who don't know what a PTA is, it is a Parent/Teacher Association....some schools now have PTSA's which apparently include students. 

One year, as PTA president I was left..uh...I mean honored with the charge of planning, organizing and hosting the school's student Halloween party. 

(For my girlies who know me in the real world AND who know the geographical details.....this event took place at Mark Twain Elementary....and in all likelihood, that is all the explanation they will need to make this story all that much more meaningful.....nuf said) party....grades K-5....short attention back on track. 

I thought it would be fun to let the kids all decorate a spooky tombstone out of paper grocery sacks. They could open the sack, use the inside and then cut out their tombstone. We would then use them for a game.....oh....say something similar to musical chairs. We had a big gymnasium and I thought what better than to let the kids go crazy in a game of musical tombstones?????

Who knew?

Apparently I caused all sorts of, "Oh, Hell No!" and "Oh No She Didn't!" reactions among concerned parents everywhere.

The school got so many calls about letting the kids 'dance on graves' and 'disrespecting the dead' and 'practicing devilish things' that they started giving out my number to complaining parents. 

Well, you can imagine after enough times of saying I was sorry and trying to explain that we were just having some innocent fun and not trying to turn their little angels into devil worshiping heathens, that I put on my pointy had and finally said.....well you know what I said.  

Yep. I said it. 

So....a word of advice to room mothers around the scholastic world...Don't, I repeat DON'T, let your students dance on the graves of make-believe, paper grocery-bag people. Otherwise, the townspeople might storm the castle and burn you at the stake!

We hosted that same activity at a couple of our own personal Halloween parties for the kids and everyone LOVED it!   

Now, I'm off to have my broom tuned up. Have a great day.



Carol said...

I have nightmares still from my room mother days!

Kelley said...

I'm head room-mother this year. Kind of wishing now that I hadn't signed up for that!

Grave-dancing is a fine idea, but I think all the JoCo soccer moms at my son's school would run me out of the 'hood! I'm getting in touch with my inner Stepford Wife and looking at Martha Stewart's website for ideas. I want to hate her, but I can't. She really does have good ideas!