It's getting to be that dreaded time of year. The catalogs start coming home. Brightly colored, glossy pages filled with crap that you are paying 100 times what it cost to make so your school can get 40 cents from the sale. Order forms that come in triplicate and dripping with guilt and shame if you do not sell. Calling in favors from coworkers, relatives, and neighbors to "support the schools" when in reality their money would be better spent buying a lottery ticket.
That dirty little 11 letter word.
It is a necessary evil, I know. Schools are underfunded. Teachers are spending their own money on classroom supplies. "Extras" like art, music, and gym are being cut because teachers have to teach to the tests given and their raises, which will go towards supplies for the classrooms that are underfunded anyways, do not make up for having to deal with my little *ahem* angels all day long.
Fuck. If I could get a three month vacation from my children, you better believe I would be all over that. Totally don't blame them at all. Of course, I am the opposite of an educator, so maybe there are people who feel differently. And I am also a pretty crappy parent, so there may be other parents who feel differently as well.
(Who am I kidding. I might make it a week.)
Supporting our schools. Yes. Why does it always have to be with shit made in China? With wrapping paper that you will be lucky to be able to wrap a ring box? With a 6 oz box of chocolates that you spent the equivalent of a 12 pack of really good beer on?
There is an idea. Alcohol. Evenings away from children. Adult conversation. I would support the hell out of my school, and any other in the area, if we could provide that as a fundraiser. Grown up things. A chance to remember that I am a person outside of a parent of school aged children.
Or chocolate. Give me a box of candy bars and I could sell the crap out of them. We need to market to the vices to benefit our children, dammit. Haven't the schools learned anything from Vegas? Life lessons, bitchez.