Some background. There have been some major incidents at Alexander's school in the parking lots. Parents turning into neanderthals, physically coming to blows, and in one instance last week, deliberately damaging someone else's car. They are parking in the teacher's parking lot, and blocking them off, parking in the disabled spots and not allowing access to those who rightfully belong there. They are parking in loading bays and then leaving. They are even parking across the pedestrian (children's) crossings and across the driveways of nearby residents.
Truly embarrassing, appalling behaviour. Honestly, I'm just shocked at the antics that have been witnessed, and are in fact, escalating.
So the principal called an exec (Did I mention I'm an Exec on the P&C now? I've held the position of Fundraising Coordinator since February, but became a Vice President a couple of weeks ago as well) meeting today to discuss the issue. So we arranged for the Police to be in the carpark this afternoon (can you even believe we'd have to resort to that? Idiots!) to right out tickets for anyone breaking the rules.
Anyway. People were NOT happy. I'm not sure who the hell they thought they were, yelling at this poor young police woman, but there they were, setting a terrible example for their children and leaving us embarrassed to be associated with any of them. Jo (President), Jo (Secretary) and I were chatting to her when suddenly she turns and says "Would you mind staying with me. These people are losing the plot".
"Sure" we say, as we help diffuse the situation.
Except, I did find myself asking Jo (Err..isn't she the one with the gun and the tickets????). Bizarre.
Jen - These next two will probably see a little steam coming out of your ears...
My SIL calls me. Her 3 month old baby has a cold, sore throat and now the same stomach bug that I have (and that's put my sister, her husband and their 2 year old in hospital!). She calls and says this morning "Luka is vomiting a little. It's mostly just typical after-feed kind of thing, but there is a tiny pink streak in it. Should I be panicking?"
I said that if she was concerned, to call her GP, but since she has such a raw throat (they'd seen him not more than an hour before), I'd be inclined to think that's what it is.
"Yeah. That's what the Dr said, we just wanted to check". Um. Ok then.
"Luka is vomiting and has diarrhoea. Do I take her to the hospital?"
"Is she still having wet napppies?"
"At least 6 or 7?"
Is she still feeding? Does she seem dehydrated, dry?"
"No. Just has been pooing all day and a little vomiting and she won't stop crying".
"Well, she has a bad cold, and I'd say a viral stomach bug going around. If she's still well hydrated, I'd be inclined to keep her here, away from all of the bugs at the hospital (which according to my Sister, who's been there with her little one, are absolutely jammed at the moment, with this bug). As long as she keeps wanting it, keep feeding her as much as she'll take. Don't force it. If you're worried, offer a little water. If there are still plenty of wet nappies, I'd ride it out at home, and keep the paracetamol up, to help her throat".
"Wow. That's almost word for word what the Dr said".
"Well, I think they'd know"
"Yeah. BUt we feel better if we ask you."
Ok. No pressure.