Location: Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Recently have been told I look like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I hadn't heard that in years, but that is a good place to start as to what I look like, although she had a better bod. I have three boys and have been married for 13 years. Born of a Navy family, in Hawaii, one Mom, one Dad, one sister and one brother. The eldest of three children. BS in Applied Mathematics. Consider Pensacola my home town although I moved every 2-3 years of my life growing up. Currently work in the aerospace industry in an engineering position while being a Mom. Of Celtic heritage and very proud of it.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Keeping it in Perspective

Teresa of Technicalities reminded me of this in her comment today under my irritation with high maintenance Moms post. She said about the book Cheaper by the Dozen,

“There is this tremendously funny scene where another mother is complaining that she just doesn't have the time to help out at some function, because she has 3 boys. The mother of 12 says - I have 6 boys and 6 girls... Needless to say, the other mother ended up helping.”

This reminded me. Did I tell y’all how I actually ended up Treasurer of our school? There is a Mom who works at the school. She runs our cafeteria and she’s very active with her kids. I LOVE this woman. She is just awesome. She has six kids. Her youngest is the same age as Son#1 and her eldest is out of college and has become a teacher. This woman lost her husband to an unexpected massive heart attack 4 years ago. Here she is with 6 kids and her husband dies. At the time, I think her kids ranged in age from 5-17. She got them all immediately into counseling and they’re doing great. She attends all their sporting events, helps out at the school, and works. She doesn’t date. As she said to me once, “Oh yeah, I’m not exactly a man magnet with 6 kids.”

So this lovely woman came up to me last year, being on the school board nominating committee, and asked me if I would take Treasurer. Now y’all have heard me gripe that being a mathematician in the engineering field DOES NOT equate to accounting. At. All. But what am I supposed to say to this woman? I’m staring at her and I think I can’t possibly say I have too many kids. She has 6. I can’t say I’m too busy. She does EVERYTHING for all her kids with no help from a spouse. I can’t say my degree isn’t in accounting… she has no degree. She’s winging her life with a degree from the world of hard knocks and I’m going to not take a little Treasurers job because “I don’t know bookkeeping”? So I said yes.

I joke with her about it now and we laugh.

Oh, and the latest with the Treasurer's job... I'm hanging in there. The software is starting to make logical sense.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - OMG - that is really too funny!

Personally I just hate volunteering or being volunteered for anything - it's very strange, but there it is. I don't mind the actual doing - I think it's the being tied down to a particular job on a regular basis that gets me. So, I would be an irritant to people because I didn't want to do things. Oh I did a few jobs for various things when the kids were in school - but there seemed to be an endless supply of moms who really wanted to do it (I was always surprised how many!) - so I never felt guilty for not jumping up and taking over something.

I have the greatest respect for people who are such terrific parents. I was never very good at it, that's why I stopped at 2 kids. *grin*

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry - that was me above... I hate not having my name post!!!

-- Teresa

10:54 PM  
Blogger That 1 Guy said...

So that's how you got the job? :) Good job, Bou!

Oh, and glad things are starting to smooth out. I figured they would!

1:04 AM  
Blogger Contagion said...

Ah hell, if the software is starting to make sense, that means it's time for an upgrade!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhh...I volunteered my time for Fantasy Football. Does that count for anything? :)

Toluca Nole

2:26 PM  
Blogger Wacky Hermit said...

I love doing "math volunteer work" for my daughter's school-- tonight I've got three sets of math papers to grade. I'm gonna coach the math competition team, just for kicks. Last year I was on the curriculum committee and they took most of my recommendations for math curricula.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Boudicca said...

OH I would be fine if they let me do real math, as I'm a mathematician, but I've never offered. I got the Treasury job which is more like accounting. It is just very time consuming. Much more so than I ever thought.

8:16 PM  

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