I love pot lucks. I like hosting pot lucks. However, rules must be observed. Put your name on your stuff. I can’t run everyone down
” did you leave the powder blue bowl? The Winnie the pooh platter? The silver pan? Were you even here?”
I’m fine with hosting class parties. I like to. If not we end up in some gross LA city park with porta potties and bums sleeping next to the kids while they play capture the flag. I don’t mind the set up, clean up. We have a big backyard. I just want people to take their shit with them when they leave. The one night stand is over, get your crap and get out. You never wanted to hear from that dude at the club you bedded after a few too many did you? No, I don’t even remember his name. But, he kept calling me “lips.”
After grilling our room teachers with the rules before our class party what happens? One room parent has been emailing me about her serving spoon. More than once. I would have prefered if she had just shown up at my door and said “do you mind if I rifle through your kitchen and see if I can find over grown spork?”
She is a nice person, so I finally did hunt around for it after the last email. I thought I would add a little drama into this potluck tension. I sent her the following:
“Today’s newspaper let’s you know your spoon is alive as of today. But, if you don’t follow my instructions it is in danger.”
I should have told her that she needed to drop of a entrée that would feed ten if she ever wanted to see her spoon again. No vegi platter. No one ever eats the raw cauliflower.
But, instead this morning I handed to the other room parent and said, “your girl wants me to put this in her kid’s cubby. I’m not even sure who her kid is let alone run her cubby.”
She got it. “She didn’t put her name on it like you asked? I’ll take care of it.” Later I saw her leaving a message on her cell phone, “Hey, I’ve got your crummy spoon what do you want me to do with it?”
It’s still better we hosted. If you leave something in the park, would it be there if you went back? Would you still want it?