Friday, September 16, 2011

Yetis and Hipster Dads and the PTA: Oh, My!

So, I’m a little PTA-ed out.

In the past two weeks, I’ve gotten four emails and several fliers sent home asking me for a time commitment. And every single one of those communications seems directed at someone else.

Their target is a woman who can take a 9:30 a.m. meeting – not at corporate but at the elementary school.

A woman who has time to bake cakes for the cakewalk, chair the fundraising committee, or pitch in on party planning.

There’s no after-work meeting for the woman who makes a slapdash effort at mascara at 6:54 a.m. so she can drive her daughter around the corner in time for the 6:56 bus.
That'd be me.
Or the woman who gets to work at 7:12 – her slapdashed mascara now a gray under-eye smudge – and works through lunch so she can, hopefully, get home in time to make a 5 p.m. dinner for the kids. 
Yep. Still me.
And, trust me, I’m not saying that being a working mom is more difficult than being a stay-at-home mom. Let’s be clear: I’m not. They’re both ridiculously hard, and we’ll leave it at that.

What is hard is being one of a very few.

Working moms are like yetis here in the suburbs. You hear of them – maybe you even catch a flash as they duck back into the woods or their white SUVs – but you never truly see them.
Wait! Is that a suburban GA working mom?
Purported Yeti image via
Maybe they’re hiding with all the stay-at-home dads.

In Brooklyn, the hipster dads would troll the Slope with their Baby Bjorns or tool around town with their baby rickshaws.
Your kid can get this sweet ride here.
They took their faux-hawked kids to the playground and only bought organic and had no embarrassment about being the only dad at dance class.

They were everywhere with their kids and their skater shirts and wool caps and facial hair.

Hell, they were probably even at PTA meetings*.

*Unless, of course, their invitation to the PTA meeting also said “Room Moms Meeting”… in which case they probably just ordered another Kombucha at the Tea Lounge and hung out with the breastfeeding mommies.


Rachel @ Grasping for Objectivity said...

Ha! I would have thought that the working Mom would have been more common in Atlanta (at least than in Birmingham). Hopefully you'll find a circle of like-occupied ladies soon...and the PTA will get a clue.

Ashley said...

Kate - YOU ARE HILARIOUS!!! Welcome to Atlanta and my world. We still have so much in common. Ashley

Sarah said...

I love those hipster dads. So many in the East Village too!