April 9th, 2019

eurydice - mrs harris: mangofandango

Where I try to save a rant you don't want to hear with a quality link at the end

Craig and I haven't started Buffy S5 yet because he's been a bit busy the past couple days. We have a booster meeting tomorrow night, so odds are I won't be able to get back to Buffy until Thursday. I miss it already.

But it means I've been embroiled in band stuff the past couple days. I'm just done. Burned out from volunteering. I've been doing this for three years now, and the lack of involvement from parents is really getting to me. We have elections coming up in two months, so I had to write a draft letter to send out to try and explain the situation to the parents. Everybody on the board has been involved for at least three years. Our VP has been involved for five. Our secretary hasn't been on the board before, but she's been a regular volunteer and come to most of the meetings for seven years. And our average non-board attendance at our meetings? 2.4 parents. And only one who has come regularly is a parent to a non-graduating senior. All the rest of those non-board attendees are parents to seniors and are done this year.

So we're chomping at the bit to get new blood in to teach them what we know so that all of our hard work isn't wasted. The letter has to be blunt without being off-putting, so fingers crossed the rest of the board thinks it's okay.

On top of that, someone who did volunteer for something important coming (someone who has proven unreliable in the past, but I tried giving another chance to) has yet to respond to any of my texts or emails about tomorrow's meeting. If she fails to show or follow through, I know the others are going to scold me for trusting her again. But what else can I do? We can't afford to alienate parents, and this woman has zero problem badmouthing people behind their backs. I cannot give her a reason to do it for me. She already does it for two other members on the board as well as our volunteer coordinator (who used to be her best friend).

Ack. Drama. Another reason why I'm done. I just hate it so much. It's why I avoid people for the most part. Life is too short to put up with such BS.

One of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, turns 66 tomorrow. I loved her thoughts about every single thing she knows. Go and read. I guarantee at least one of them will resonate with you, another will make you think, and something else will make you laugh.