Monday I was free of any commitments except I had volunteered to work at my son's school Book Fair! Not a trip exactally, but somethhing a little different. For any parent out there who feels obligated to every once in a while present themselves to an activity to help their child's school knows your not really doing it for fun, but more out of obligation. (Now some of you may disagree). There is a big difference from being a room parent and serving on the PTO. I have been both! Room parents enjoy the opportunity because they are involved with their kids, they get to be invited into the world of elementary class parties, cup cakes, games, crafts, and all the excitement of that special day. When it comes to PTO comittiments like calling companies for donations, working the door to some school event, or maning the cash machine at the school book fair....it aint so fun!!!! I have not been a room parent or on the PTO in years, so I was surprised to be asked to volunteer in the first place, but there was that obligation. What made it less fun..is once you stop being a room parent or a member of the PTO, (for whatever reason and that is a story much to long to tell on my trip blog) you become exiled! Forgotten! That parental cliche you were once a part of has changed and moved on with their child, and for those that are still there.....they KNOW your not!