A funny thing happened when I took a major detour away from writing about the kitchen and immersed myself in the world of nursery school. I thought I would be surrounded by moms who A) Are type-cast as Super Moms, and B) Look down on moms who aren't type-cast as Super Moms. You know, that whole mompetitor thing? Wrong on both counts. Yay!
That's not to say I was hanging with a group of chicks who go back to bed after drop-off (me) (
True, the majority of us are stay-at-homers, but just because we've all had a bun in the oven at some point doesn't negate the fact that there is a huge -- HUGE -- wealth of creativity at my kid's school. And sick amounts of intelligent women.
I signed up to chair the fundraiser event and got hit in the face with Natasha's imagination. This one woman literally transformed the idea of showcasing our kids' artwork into a beautiful and elegant gallery of topnotch art. Not surprising, actually, considering she's the Craft Maven of Stamford. And she has an amazing singing voice, so I'm kind of insanely jealous.
Since we were throwing a party with a huge auction, it helped to get the word out. Every piece of communication, every poster, everything and anything that had to do with this shindig (and umpteen other events at the school this year) had a logo. Luckily there's a professional graphic designer at the school. Note to self: Hire Liz for blog re-design.
One of the women working on the class projects has her own clothing line. And she throws tie-dye parties. And her kids listen to the Grateful Dead. Michal, you're killing me.
The woman in charge of the decorations happens to be one of Stamford's most talented photographers. She tricked out a Trader Joe's hydrangea blossom into an elegant centerpiece. Are you freakin' kidding me? I look at a hydrangea and it dies. But Lauren knows a thing or two about creating beauty.
There are too many women who were involved in the school this year to list all of their talents. The woman with a PhD in mathematics from Princeton? Check. The former pharmaceuticals sales rep? Check. The "Oh, I just like to shoot photos as a hobby" woman who sent me over 2,000 photos for the yearbook which I could barely edit down because they were that good? Check. The human resources executive, the copy editor from Hearst, the journalist from Newsweek. Check, check and check.
And every single woman who helped out in any way, shape or form because they understand that we are raising the next generation? Check.
Whew! Talk about feeling small in a crowd.
And to all those yucky people out on the internets who think that once a uterus has been around the block a couple of times, the brain shuts down and the creativity and intellect get thrown out with the bathwater? HA! I'll give ya a Mommy War.
I promise you I'll get back to writing about my adventures in Foodland and life in the garden. Just wanted to give props to the women of the world (and all my new friends -- I have new friends!!).