You Are Not Special (Except When You Are)
Those were the words my mother said to me when I was seventeen years old and found I had stolen a pair of bowling shoes from my last endeavor at the local lanes. Why I wanted those shoes, worn many, many times by many other people, I cannot quite remember. Maybe I thought it would be funny to wear them about. They do have a certain vintage charm, no? In any case, she reminded me that I was not actually so special that I could take shoes from someone else and call them my own. She made me turn around, right that very second, and return them to the bowling alley.
I remember my mother’s words in my own daily parenting struggles— when my kids want to opt out of standardized tests, or unloading the dishwasher, or making the bed. You are not actually so special, I remind them, that you can forgo the contribution you owe to this family, to your team, to your school, to society. Which isn’t to say that I am #alwayswinning at this parenting gig. But I’m trying.
Because my kids ARE special. They are smart and strong and talented, each in their own ways. And they owe it to the world they live in to do something with those gifts, to make a meaningful contribution. But even if they weren’t, everyone has something they can give that can make this world a better place.
This month I’d like to thank the people who did just that. They used their talents of organization and creativity and hustle to make Bacon a great place for our families. They did amazing things, like organizing book fairs and fall festivals and outings with pastries. They also did boring things, like taping up posters and making copies and counting box tops and milk caps. They stepped up every time, and every single one of them is special.
Thank you Liz and and Lorie and Louise, Kerry and Carol, Sara and Stacy and Stacey and Sabrina and Steve. Thank you Nicki and Melissa. Thank you Julia and Janelle and Jessica and Jen. Thanks to all of you whose names I forgot or weren’t properly alliterative so as to be included. The volunteers. Between haircuts and chemotherapy, soccer and strep throat, birthday parties and bouts of influenza, you showed up. You didn’t have to. You could have stayed in, opted out—said not right now, not today, not this year, but you didn’t. You showed up. And Bacon is better because of you. That’s pretty freaking special, if I do say so myself.
Andrea Flake, Bacon PTO
This month, the Bacon PTO is proud to bring you:
• The 2018-2019 school yearbook: Pre-ordered books will be delivered to classrooms the week of May 28. There will be a very limited number of books for sale in the office on a first come, first served basis
• 1st Day School supplies: Order your child’s school supplies and have them ready at the ice cream social in August! Trust me—you’ll thank yourself in August: 1stdayschoolsupplies.com
• Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10
Board Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 9:05am in the Teacher's Lounge. You are welcome to attend these meetings as well.
President – Andrea Flake email@example.com
Vice president – Nicki Shamis
Secretary – Janelle Mainz
Treasurer – Lorie Barker
Volunteer Coordinator – Liz Fritz