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Who's in your class this year?

08/23/13 16:16

I’m so glad we have the whole “who’s in my class” mystery solved. Those days spent waiting for the list to be posted are just agonizing.

But I’m happy to report that I’m very happy with my class and am with a bunch of great moms. Whew. I mean, the kids will be fine no matter who they’re with, but for us moms, it’s important we get who we want.

Like, I want the moms who wear workout clothes. I work part-time, so I’m not always going to be in makeup and heels, and I don’t want to feel like I need a stylist every time I wanna have lunch with my kid. It’s the school cafeteria, not Vivace, you know?

And I want moms who are cool and fun, but who don’t “reply all” that they can’t help with the party because of all the cool and fun things they’re doing:

“I wish I could help, but we’re going to be in Martha’s Vineyard. So SAD!!”


I want the moms who memorize the PTA schedule – we all need that mom we see in the hall and can say, ‘Hey, when is spring break?’ And not only does she know that, but she knows which private schools line up with ours. And when Easter is.

And I want the moms who fight over being the Room Mom. They get the job done and make sure nobody slouches. But if you forget to send in your teacher gift money, they don’t call you out in email. They send the reminder to the whole class so you don’t look cheap. Or in my case, like somebody who never has an envelope lying around to put 10 bucks in.

And I want a mom who’s also a neighbor. This is key when my son forgets to bring home his books and needs homework help. Or I forget to go to the grocery store and need some lunches packed. A neighbor who’s on time – so when I see her kids walking to the bus stop, I know it’s time to start running.

And I want a mom who’s already a friend – so we can call each other and complain about all the homework, and which teacher’s mean. And gossip about who got sent to the principal’s office and who has a new boyfriend. And then ask, “What are you wearing to the PTA meeting?”

And that special mom who comes in and hand-makes the valentines, carves the pumpkins, reads the story of Thanksgiving and brings Christmas cookies. Hugely inspirational. And reminds me that there’s actually a holiday coming and I probably need to get up in the attic.

Anyway, I’m just glad I got everyone I wanted this year. Gosh, I hope the kids are happy too…

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