I love the picture Lynne posted this week of Lynne, Jennifer and Laura looking glamorous in the middle of the day. I aspire to that. But I had to punch in with the picture above. Carol McGovern and me signing kids up for the All Saints Episcopal Day School Student Talent Show at 7:15 a.m., nursing cups of coffee lifted from the Teachers’ Room. At least in my case, wet hair, sweats and no make-up.
In the “Effective Meeting Management” class I teach at ASU law school, we discuss a concept called “inventing vs. committing.” This means that moment in a meeting where one articulates a creative idea, and a few breaths later finds herself in charge of execution. This is what happened to me with the All Saints Episcopal Day School Student Talent Show. Four years ago, I said something like, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a talent show?” to my friend, Carol McGovern. We’re still running it, and nobody’s fighting us for this particular leadership position.
Between us, Carol and I parent nine children. Cumulatively, we have 145 years of mothering experience between us. We’ve been at ASEDS a combined total of 68 years. Both of us have a “baby” in the sixth grade. Carol’s pushing 50; I can sort of see it in the rear view mirror. No doubt we’re old enough and experienced enough to know better.
Why do we do it? To Lynne’s point in “Bubble Up,” we do it because we like each other. We’ve migrated to the most Montessori-like volunteer opportunity on the All Saints’ campus. Finding out what all the kids want to do this year is, for both Carol and me, like opening presents. Even if they mostly do cover Taylor Swift – badly. We’re “no-cuts” kind of women. As Lynne reflected, volunteering really does lead one to her kindred spirits.