To quote a 10,000 Maniacs song above, lately the weather has been freaking me out. I cannot believe the death and destruction in this country as a result of tornadoes and floods. It is jaw-dropping to see pictures of neighborhoods that have been leveled. And it is so sad to think about the lives lost, many of whom went to bed the night before as they always do, never to awaken again. Wow.
Two nights ago, while lying in bed, I listened to the wind howling. A few times I closed my eyes tight, hoping the roof would not lift off. My heart was pounding, and I was praying that one of the tall trees in our backyard would not come crashing through the roof (or our year-old windows, for that matter). Fortunately, when I walked around the house the next morning, the only thing I noticed was about a dozen tree branches scattered throughout the yard and our ladder that blew off the side of the house (really wish Brian would put that thing away!).
Then last night, after going to bad happy that Hines Ward won the coveted Mirror Ball trophy on "Dancing with the Stars," a storm came through. There were a couple of loud claps of thunder that jarred me, shaking the house, which once again made me worry that something would happen to our house or the people in it. But fortunately, the storm quickly passed, and I managed to fall asleep, thinking about another storm...
Yeah, speaking of storms and things that send a shiver through my bones, I have been compiling results from the school survey I helped carry out. I have over 80 in my possession, which is about a 35 percent response rate. It was more than I thought we would get, but fewer than I hoped. A number of parents are happy, which is great. I have read through what I consider a lot of good ideas and reasonable complaints. The thing, however, that sends the shiver through my bones is what a couple people said on the survey (and one person directly to me).
Some parents think there was a "secret" meeting/group prior to the survey, which is not the case at all. What did happen is, as I sort of mentioned in my last post, people at the tuition meeting had some good ideas and wondered what could be done, so the principal suggested a committee be formed, and she passed around a sign-up sheet at that meeting. So, yes, if you were not at that meeting, then you would not know about it. I have no control over that, and I cannot speak as to why it was not opened up to everyone. But the main thing that came about as a result of the meeting was the survey I had suggested and put together (which ultimately contained much input from the committee, a few teacher friends and the principal). If people are so upset that they did not get to speak up, isn't that what the survey is for? Share your concerns there!
And if people have strong ideas, then talk to the principal. Don't just complain about things; be part of the change! If I had been unable to attend the tuition meeting, I might have felt ever-so-slightly slighted that I did not get to be part of this new committee, but I am confident I would move on, grateful to have the opportunity to speak my mind on a survey (which, again, is pretty much all the committee did). I hope that the people who feel slighted talk to the principal and volunteer to help make some of the changes. Quite frankly, I am not sure what else those people expect or want to do.
Maybe an objective person can help me understand. Please?!