Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Don't wanna. Don't hafta. I'm retired.

Have you ever seen that t-shirt? I'm thinking about getting me one - since as of next Tuesday, I'm officially retired from fund raising.

Yep. My last bake sale is coming up. Hallelujah!

The milestone is bittersweet, I will admit. After three years of toiling for the Winter Guard, I'm done. DD is moving on to a new school and has decided to take a break from spinning and tossing for a while. In a way, it's sad because she's so good at it, and it's an amazing sport, but in a way - well, HALLELUJAH!

I've never been a joiner, so trekking to parent meetings, showing up at school functions, handing out cup cakes and making change for ravenous middle schoolers - it's all taken its toll on me. This year in addition to the bake sales, we did tag day [begging for money], a showcase at the school and a car wash. It's been all about collecting the cash, and now the year is winding down and I'm stepping down and we're heading off to a new school and new set of challenges, and maybe even a new activity.

It really wasn't all that bad. In fact, there were times it was kind of fun, even when I complained to myself that I was tired, busy, overworked, etc. I still felt a sense of accomplishment. Now, it feels good to look at the next few months and know I don't have to schlep to the school at odd hours for meetings and I don't have to carry around a box of quarters to make change. Oddly, I still feel a bit melancholy.

I'm going to see if there's a pill for that, because good golly, miss molly, I'M RETIRED!


Jen said...


But no that the lull will soon be filled by another activity, lol

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

SIGH. I know. Last night I picked up an application for the Parent Organization at the new school. I'll probably be serving cupcakes at my upcoming 'coming out of retirement' party/bake sale.

Jen said...

Did I really write, "but no" when I meant, "but know" -- I'm officially fried. A cupcake would probably help that...


Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

LOL! I wasn't going to mention it. I figured you'd had a rough day anyway. ;)