I did it. The deed. You know what I'm talking about.
I signed up to help with Elijah's Fall Party.
Seemed easy enough- one of the options was juice boxes. No sweat.
Sweet little phone call- "juice boxes are already taken"
message left on kitchen counter- Fruit- 19 kids.
I know that our country and our elementary schools are on a healthy lifestyle awareness kick. I work for a health insurance company. I get it. I just don't really live it.
We are a Diet Coke and Brownie for breakfast kind of family.
They want healthy party snacks. really.
like opposite ends of magnets - they just don't seem to go together.
Okaaaay - I'll do fruit.
How do I do fruit- for Halloween; that's fun. apples are so.... overdone.
sigh. think mom, think.
I've got it- Elijah's favorite fruit is strawberries. Drat, they are red- not orange.
The perfectionist in me almost went another route, and got oranges so I could color coordinate for Halloween. NO, don't do it! echo'd through my mind.
think mom, think.
aha- I'll do chocolate covered strawberries. maybe white chocolate- and make them into little ghosts. nah, who has the time. I just put them on halloween paper instead.
paranoid, yes a bit. would I get in trouble with the school for ruining the healthy fruit by putting chocolate on it?
and, I was feeling a little uncomfortable too, seems all the other parents were in black and orange (and cute little halloween sweaters) and here I show up in jeans and pink- with red fruit!
turns out- those strawberries did in fact draw a lot of attention.
the room mother wanted to hide them and not even give them to the kids.
teachers from other classrooms came by--- "I hear there are chocolate covered strawberries in here" so they had a strawberry
the principal came by- and had a strawberry
the assistant principal came by- and had a strawberry -- and proclaimed "you are my favorite parent ever"
don't you know I typed that on the hard drive of my brain- SAVE AS, IMPORTANT - that I will remember!
leftover strawberries-- ZERO.
next time I'm invited to a friendly chat in the principals office about my little kindergartners behavior--- I think I'll just remind them they are talking to their favorite parent ever- the strawberry momma!