Hillary Clinton is the room mom.
You know the room mom (or room “parent,” but let’s face it, it’s usually a mom who steps up for this). She’s the one who volunteers to do all the hard work that nobody else has either the time, energy, organizational skills, or cojones (which can mean ovaries, if you prefer that) to do. Things like organizing fundraisers, getting other parents to sign up for “swift pick-up” duty, asking for donations for teacher gifts, nagging parents to bring in school supplies, there’s so much more. I'm no room mom because I couldn’t handle the pressure. Plus, I’m scared of commitment. (Yes, I realize I committed to getting married and having kids, but those things didn’t involve as much organization as what a room mom does).
I admit, I've wondered if the room mom is a little bit crazy. Who would sign up for all this? Someone mighty capable, that’s who. The room mom in my son’s class last year was ON IT. She sent emails, she followed up with all the flakey parents (this is Los Angeles, there are lots of us), and then she followed up again. She KILLED the room mom job. She was the room-mommest!
The person who signs up for room mom WANTS the job. Or at least, she cares enough about the school and her kid’s class to take this on. Nobody would ever challenge someone who wanted to be room mom.
We just had our “back to school” night at my son’s school, and a (super)mom volunteered to be this year’s room mom! I led the applause. I wanted to hug and squeeze her. Thank God someone wants to take this on and I don't have to feel guilty for not volunteering! Hallelujah!
Hillary Clinton is the room mom. She actually wants to do this job. WHY WOULD YOU EVER CHALLENGE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO DO THE BORING STUFF NOBODY ELSE DOES? JUST LET HER DO IT!!!! Yes, the job of President has more glory than the room mom’s. And it’s a paid gig. But most of the work is pretty thankless. And HARD. You have to know things -- like where Aleppo is.
Don’t ever throw shade at the room mom. Be With Her.
P.S. I wanted to do my part for the class (and you're an a**hole if you don't work full-time and don't volunteer for anything), so I signed up for “welcoming” committee, to help new parents get acquainted with the school. Then I asked a new parent if she knew where I could find our class contact list.
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