I always feel out of place--when I worked I had no time to donate to the school, and when I stopped working I had Rose, so I still couldn't spend time in the classrooms. I am awful at small talk, and my kids have a few friends in the neighborhood--but not actually ones that go to their schools (they have friends at their schools, but they are not the same ones that are in our neighborhood.) This means that I really don't know the other parents, the teachers don't always recognize my face, and I spend my time looking down at my kid's desk feeling like the nerd with no friends.
There is always a "surprise" from your child on said desk. A letter, a question, something you have to respond to so you can't even lie and go to Target and just say you went to Open House. This year each child wrote their 5th grade goal, and each parent responded with their goals for the child. Now, I know schoolwork is not high on Happyboy's priority list, but I assumed he could fake it for the teacher. Below is his goal paper and my response to it: