Today we had a pre
-first grade playdate
with all the other kiddies & mommies at the playground. I was reminded, again, of how much I don't fit in with the stay-at-home crowd.
Oh, I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover and you never know how alike you may be deep down ... but I'm pretty sure my kid was the only one who was eating a frozen pancake while wearing a tin-foil hat on the way over.
The frozen pancake honestly can't be chalked up to negligent parenting; my boy prefers them frozen. And the tin foil hat -- hand made. I don't think he's schizophrenic, though maybe I'll have him checked. He does commune with aliens, but we've been chalking that up to a colorful imagination. At what point does that veer into diagnosable mental illness?
I guess tin foil hats, like chubby dimpled thighs, are cute until 5th
grade - and then you're just fat and creepy. Pity the kid who is sporting both.
Once we arrived at the playground, we left the foil hat in the car and joined our playmates and play mommies.
Some of the other moms are neighbors and I was glad to chat with them since I always feel slightly guilty and sad that I don't know them better. They seem to have their own stay-at-home clique and, as a worker-bee, I'm usually excluded.
I work from home many days, but I can see the full-timer moms are wary of committing their energies to me, sensing that I might turn on my high-heel any time, grab my briefcase and leave them high & dry on the day its my turn to host coffee.
They sense I'm a love 'em & leave 'em play-date player, apt to mosy
on as soon as I got a better offer in a conference room with Powerpoint
. True dat
What can I say? I'm just not cut of the same cloth. I don't care that much about organic cleaning supplies, who's had BoTox
, or what's on sale at the Christmas Tree Shop. OK, I totally want to know about the BoTox
, but I don't know who they are gossiping about.
I don't apply the same level of energy to analyzing the first grade teachers, classroom composition or anticipating the homework amounts. FT moms think about these things ... a LOT. They apply a level of strategic thinking I've seen only on reality TV shows, and in the office. I was impressed, and yet bored. I was boredpressed
Fortunately, there was a crisis to divert my attention. The FT moms had all thought ahead to pack coolers full of snacks and beverages. I did not. It was a 10:30 playdate
-- that's between meals!
My boy was unpsyched
. "I'm hungry and thirsty!" He yelled. "Ummm
, you have any of that frozen pancake left in the car?" I asked. I got an eye-roll.
All around me, moms were plying their children with whole-grain crackers, fruit juice sweetened cookies, and juice boxes. I got the pity offer from a couple moms. "We have some extra, if your son needs a snack."
Instead, I whisked him off the playground to the nearby French bakery where Captain Fancypants
eyed all the treats, settling on an Orangina
, a Quiche Lorraine and a mini-eclair -packaged elegantly to-go.
We made quite the return entrance as Andrew marched back to the picnic table and set out his array of delights. The other kids oohed and ahhed
and immediately started demanding better snacks like Andrew's. He gloried in his fancy treats while the other kids simmered and the mothers rolled their eyes.
I just shrugged and smiled apologetically and then began checking my Blackberry, like a nervous tick.
On the way home I wore the tin foil hat. Who knows, maybe the aliens are more my cup of tea.