So then…Janice, the Cast Mom for the 8th Grade production of “Annie,” asks for volunteers to work the 4 show nights – snack bar, ticket takers, and congratulations telegrams.
But then her emails take a strange turn…
If you’d like to volunteer for ANNIE and haven’t responded yet, please let me know since some parents are working all 4 shows.
Could I help with telegrams for the Saturday night show?
All spots for telegrams are taken. I think we’re in good shape… unless you want to help with hair and make-up, which for some reason doesn’t seem like your thing?
Oh, no – she did NOT just say that!
“unless you want to help with hair and make-up, which for some reason doesn’t seem like your thing?”
What? Why doesn’t hair and make-up seem like my “thing?”
What exactly is she trying to say here?
Is she implying my hair’s a mess and my make-up is shoddy?
Or am I such a bumbling fool, she’s afraid I’ll put lipstick on their eyelids and mascara on their lips?
Or does she think I’m such a skank, I’ll tart up the little orphans to look like transvestite hookers?
That’s like saying, “We’d ask you to bring something to the potluck, but cooking doesn’t seem to be your thing.”
Or “We need field trip chaperones, but parenting doesn’t seem to be your thing.”
Imagine your date saying, “I’d invite you upstairs, but sex doesn’t seem to be your thing.”
So just as I’m about to whip myself into a self-righteous frenzy about her veiled insult…
I take a breath and realize she’s probably just like me – chasing kids, working, juggling a million demands from a million people. PLUS, she’s the Cast Mom, so she’s dealing with all the students and the Drama Mamas – and she’s probably staying up past midnight every night just like me to get everything done – so her remark was probably unintentional.
So, as usual, I decide to find the funny – and I start giggling.
I am laughing so hard right now — is there something about MY hair and make-up that suggests I wouldn’t be skilled at helping others with theirs?
I’m cracking up because that’s probably NOT what you meant — but the truth is — I am TERRIBLE at hair and make-up and you’re right — it is definitely not my thing!
I can help with selling snacks if you need it.
Or eating snacks. I’m good at that.
I did not intend any implications other than…
<<<LOL – can’t stop laughing!!>>>
It’s just that you are a fellow Pisces and it is SO NOT MY THING either!
All right then, I will put you down for eating snacks on Saturday night.
Of course I’m delighted to learn her comment wasn’t intended to cast aspersions on my grooming skills.
But now I’m perplexed as to how she knows I’m a Pisces?
And since when has that astrological sign been burdened with a reputation for inferior cosmetology and hairstyling?!
Makes me wonder what my daughter and her daughter discuss at rehearsal.
Is my daughter Chloe confiding to her classmates, “Ahh, my mom is HOPELESS at hair and make-up. (sigh) But you know, she’s a Pisces. What’re you gonna do? It’s in their nature.”
— Darcy Perdu
Artwork by Dixie Allan
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(Ever receive an odd comment or email that seemed like a veiled insult? Any funny stories about volunteering for the school play, field trip, class party, or dance? Is hair and make-up YOUR thing? Or are you a Pisces too?)