I don’t know if y’all’s kiddos schools do anything like this, but I’ve gotta get this shit off my chest.
Every year, Boo’s school does a silent auction and Spring carnival. Where do they get the stuff to auction, you ask? WE DONATE IT. AND THEN FIGHT EACH OTHER TO BUY IT BACK. Good times.
In years past, the classroom auction baskets have been pretty low key. For example, a “Family Game Night” basket (board games, cards, Twister), a “Movie Night” basket (boxes of candy & popcorn, movies, tickets to the movies, soda), a “Go Play Outside” basket (chalk, bubbles, ring toss, basketball, soccer, nerf guns), etc.
Evidently when you hit 5th grade, shit gets real, y’all.
This years basket, which is being put together by TWO 5th grade classes, is titled “Outdoor Fun”. Sounds innocent enough right?
- New sleeping bags? Those can be pretty spendy here in the Pacific Northwest.
- A kayak, canoe or float-able boat?? I would freakin’ HOPE gently used would be okay!!
- A new tent? Who, in this day and age (God, I feel old!) has the money in their monthly budget to just go out and spend $100 on a tent they are never going to use?
The rest of the list is pretty much de rigeur for what one would expect to go into one of these things. But here is my problem: remember when I told you (in the About me section of the blog) that I suffer from OCD and anxiety? This sets it off, big time. I automatically feel obligated to purchase one of everything on the list so I will fit in with the “cool kids”. And if I don’t, I feel like I’ll get that “look” from the other classroom mothers. Y’all know the “look” I’m talking about, right? The one that says, “Oh! You don’t care about supporting your child and her education!”.
For me, this is a no-win situation. I will probably go out and buy more than I should because of how I’m feeling and I’ll regret it later. <sigh>
Oh well. Pick your battles, right?