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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #6: Open House

Mom is a teacher at a San Diego-area high school. She has to participate in two "Open House" functions each year and she really doesn't like doing them. Today, Thursday, is the "spring" semester's function and she's not a happy human. So, in honor of Mom, I'm dedicating my Thursday Thirteen to ...

Thirteen Reasons Why Mom Hates "Open House" at Her Job

1. "Dog and Pony" show: I'm not sure what this means exactly, but if woofies are involved, it can't be THAT good.

2. Full work day PLUS six hours: It's bad enough that Mom goes to work at 7:25 AM and stays until around 5:00 PM on "normal" days. A fourteen or fifteen hour block at work is just too many hours of working.

3. Club Day: Mom's student organization sells root beer floats and slices of cheesecake in a pre-open house food court to make money. Mom has to get the supplies the day before, so she's away from us extra hours on Wednesday, too.

4. Parents who show up early! Mom says that this is self-explanatory. Early birds expect to be entertained ... Are they nuts??

5. Little kids who mess with stuff. Mom hates it when parents don't keep track of their kids during her presentation.

6. Extra Xerox copies that get wasted. Oh, those poor trees!

7. Bored parents who yawn. They're tired, but they could try not to LOOK so uninterested.

8. People who can't follow a schedule and attend presentations out of order.

9. Parents of the problem students NEVER attend.

10. Getting interrupted by bells or PA announcements during her presentation.

11. Misinterpretation of the function: Open House is for meet-n-greet, yet all they want to discuss are grades.

12. The "periods" are too long!

13. She prepares for days and only eight parents bother to show up. The time could be better spent cuddling ME.

Is it FRIDAY yet?


Rosie & Cheeto said...

Furst of all, why wuld yoo open yer howse so yoo culd have a dawg and pony show? That sownds crazy! I mean, we'd kinda like a pony show but yer sooo rite abowt the dawgs!

And problum kids...aren't all kids problums? We nevur like to hang owt with kids cause thay pull owr tales and stuff

And last but not leest, yoo shuld always be fanshunablie late to funckshuns...we always teleport to parties at LEAST ten minutes!

Rosie & Cheeto said...

Late...ten minutes late is what we ment to say!

Tell yer lady to hang in thare cause yull give hur super cuddles this weekend!!

Sophia, The Diva Kitty said...

My brother tries everything to avoid the dreaded Open House every year. He teaches High School Band.

Eric and Flynn said...

We don't fink we like the ideer of open house if it means yer mum is away too long to give yoo yer full amount of cuddling.

Daisy said...

Boy, does that sound stressful. I am glad I don't have to go to school so my Mommie doesn't have to go to any open house. I laughed at your TT header, it is FUNNY!

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Oh wow, I guess that is why the Lap Lady enjoys sitting at a desk helping us blog all day long. Your mom is certainly dedicated!


Kukka-Maria said...

It's sad the parents of the problem kids don't show. Clearly the behavior (and apparent disinterest) that is contributing to their kids' struggles!

The are no blanks to add my Mr. Linky link, so I'll just link you here: My Thursday 13 is up!

Junior said...

Meowm says our teachers have always been underpaid and underappreciated. It's too bad that can't seem to change.

Renee said...

I'm in total agreement with you on Open Houses... and I agree with Junior's Meowm too. Our Teachers are in charge of our Future yet they get paid way too little and end up spending most of their time dealing with the problem kids...who's parents took that whole "It Takes A Village" thing WAYYYYY too far in thinking the village would raise their kids for them.

Okay off my soap box now.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we herd our teenagers say that our teechurs are in the middle of sum kinda arguemint wif The Powers That Be on account of they want better stuff that they dezerve in their contract an The Powers That Be don't wanna give it to 'em fur sum dum reezun an so the teechurs aren't doin' anyfing extra - only teechin' their classes an then goin' home. it's sad.
our Lady duzzn't like goin' ta open howses on account of she's got two kids in the same hi school an she tries ta go to all the classes of bof the kids, but then she's gotta leaf in the middle of one "period" to get to the other kid's class an then she's embarrassed an thinks the teechur will think she's rude, but if she duzzn't go then one of the kids'll be sayin' "why duzzn't you care 'bout my class?" an our Lady's big, but not big enuf ta be in two places at the same time an so whut's she supposed ta do?

Renee said...

sounds like your mommy could use some Valentines Chocolate

Valentines Goody Swap!~~

Tell her I sent you.

Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

We don't have open house here, we meet the teachers at the first parent/teachers meeting.

DaisyMae Maus said...

Well ... The good news is the Mom LIVED! She's through with Open House until July.

Thanks for the good karmic thoughts. I need to cuddle now.