My friend, a fellow working mom, received this gem today from her child’s homeroom mother:
It’s that time of year again when our schedules are hectic but fun. You are included on this mailing list because you have volunteered and we have accepted that you will help with the Class Holiday Party.
The Holiday Party is Friday, December 21st. We will have a planning meeting on Thursday, November 29th at 9:15A.M. at Panera’s. We need to complete our planning at this meeting so that we meet the minimum 2 week requirement of having everything in writing to Ms. X who will then submit for approval to Mrs. Y. If you are unable to help at the Holiday Party, please reply to this email immediately so that we can move down the list to the other volunteers. We need to have everyone at the planning meeting so in other words, it is mandatory unless you have an unforeseen event (death or illness).
Here’s a snapshot of the November 29th meeting:
- Introductions of the Holiday Party Team
- Review list of volunteers for Paper Products for what is needed
- Review list of volunteers for Drink & Snack and determine what these will be.
- Determine what Games and Craft will be conducted at the party.
- Review list of volunteers for Games and Craft to determine who will bring what and what is needed.
- Review Party Guidelines that need to be followed
- Determine if we need to collect a Party fee for the year to offset necessary funds to have a “fun” party.
Please reply if I have overlooked anything or if you have a conflict in this schedule.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, November 29th at 9:15A.M. Please mark your calendars!
The unspoken(written) parts here are:
- “I’ll send the other Psychotic Party Planning Moms after you if you don’t show up to this meeting.”
- “I’ll tell your kids you didn’t love them enough to drag your flu-ridden body to Panera’s so you could be a part of this.”
- “Capitalizing ‘Party’ and ‘Paper Products’ makes our work more meaningful. And it makes me feel so much better about myself.”
- “I assume you have nothing better to do (like work) than to meet me for coffee at 9:15 and hear me expound upon my ideas for the Best Party Ever…but it’ll be a team effort, I promise. No dictators here!”
- “I am frustrated — really, really frustrated — in ways I can’t even begin to recognize.”