Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bad Mom Award



Poor Sydney. We are on school election #2, and as you know, I was born to be a campaign manager. For Sydney we have focused on the BEE as her election slogan. We have made little bumble bee shaped sings with: Vote Sydney B. for 2nd V.P. We have made other signs with BEE SMART or BEE COOL vote Sydney B. for 2nd V.P.

Sydney is not very excited about this election. Apparently her teacher nominated her for it without first asking if it was something she really wanted to do. And what exactly is a 2nd V.P? But she has been a good sport about it, though last night as we were working on her speech, I asked her if we should say "I'm running for V.P." or "I want to BEE your V.P."? Her answer was: "Just choose the worst one, because I don't want to BEE it!"




So for her election speech we cut out 5 Bees and wrote Responsible, Fun, Trustworthy, Honest, and Hardworking on the bees, as a visual aid.

Her speech is this afternoon. I sent Sydney with her speech over to the teacher in charge to make sure that it was acceptable. When I checked on Sydney on my way out of school, she was crying.

It turns out visual aids are not allowed. Waaaa! This was not mentioned on the 3 page campaign guide. In fact, the guide specifically mentions that there should be "a "hook" to get the audience interested and focused on you"

So, I'm back home, typing up her little speech again. Now she will say, there are 5 things I will BE as your V.P. and hold up five fingers. #1 (holding up one finger, not the adorable bumble bee) I will be Responsible... etc. It will still BEE cute, but...

I hope she will bee okay!



ps - I also heard the mean lady tell one student that parents really aren't supposed to be at the election speeches, because it's just for the students. Hello! If my 9 year old is giving a speech to the entire student body, I am going to BEE there!

22 comments:

JoyceMcB said...

I think Sydney will BEE one cute little 2nd VP. I'm so proud of her! And good for you Wendy - If I were in Hawaii I would definitely want to BEE there too! Mom

JoyceMcB said...

OK - I wrote this a minute ago but for some reason it wasn't published. I think Sydney will BEE one cute little 2nd VP - whatever that is. I am so proud of her being nominated by her teacher, that means a lot. And good for you Wendy. If I were in Hawaii, I would definitely want to BEE there to hear Sydney's speech too. Mom

JoyceMcB said...

Well - it was published twice - paticnce is a virtue. Mom

Suzanne said...

The "Bees" reminded me of President Hinckley's "Bees". I guess you couldn't use be chase and be clean in her campaign speech! ;) I hope everything goes well and it's not too overwhelming for Sydney. I think it's great you want to be there and that you should go! :)

Tori :) said...

I can't BEElieve they don't want parents to BEE there. That's just wrong.

nikko said...

You better BEE there. You can BUZZ around in the back of the room and BEE her cheerleader. Hopefully she will not win if she doesn't want to BEE it in the first place! You're a great mom!

Toni said...

I would BEE there too!

Amber said...

OK, you're BEEING just a little bit overbearing here. Gives me HIVES just thinking about it all...

Good luck to her!!!

Mary said...

I can't BEE as clever as all the previous commenters, so I'll stop this bee business right here :)

I'm proud of little Syd. She can be so timid, I feel nervous thinking of her standing in front of her school to run for an office she didn't volunteer for! Brave girl!

It reminds me of one of my times running for sonoma secretary. I had this great speech in my mind that mom let me go ahead with (though she probably was so embarrassed and it wasn't one of her well-crafted campaigns). It seemed cool until I actually got up to do the speech. I remember finding mom in the crowd and mouthing something like, "I don't want to do it!" and she said, "You can do it!" and I did while cringing and feeling so ridiculous. I didn't win, but I did the next year when I used one of mom's ideas. haha!

I can't wait to hear how it went!

p.s. This is LONG! Anyhoo, how did Hannah's campaign go?

Carrotjello said...

I say you release a bunch of bees at the school (preferably right by the mean lady, and right before the election) and tell the screaming people whoever votes for your daughter won't get stung.
P.S., tell the bees who gets stung in advance ;)

txmommy said...

way to BEE a great mom!
I hope it goes well.

wendy said...

You guys are so sweet! I feel much better, now. I was worried for Sydney all morning, but as she walked into the cafetorium (?) she was smiling!

She did a great job with her speech, and we'll hear the election results on Friday.

Mary - Hannah won her election! Woot!

wendy said...

Thank you for adding me in mary!!! -hannah

Kimberly said...

Oi! - what is that mean lady's problem?

Yay for you for bee-ing there for her. =P

No Cool Story said...

I'm glad your were there to support Syd. Don't you be telling our Wendy she can't come to the speech...she's the Campaign Manager.

PS: The title of your post is a totally wrong and incongruent with said post. No “bad Mom award” to you! >:)

PS2: I love the Bees :)

muse said...

How about...
first choice for
second vp
is Sydney B

wendy said...

oooo, muse, that is so smart! next time....

Mary said...

Anytime Hannah B! Congrats on your big win! You are so coolio :)

orchard_girl said...

Good luck Sydney, sorry your teacher volunteered you. Way to go Hannah, great job.

Wendy, mom must have perfected her campain skills with you, because I never won any of my elections.
Heather

Elizabeth-W said...

I think you're a super mom!!

Deanne said...

You have some pretty neat ideas Wendy! How cool are you to help your kids with their campaigns (whether they want to run or not!). My question is why are elections so late in the year, or is the school calender different in Hawaii??

Amanda said...

How fun it would BEE to have you for a mom! :D I hope she wins!! Hurray for Hannah!!