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Is It Just Me?

I feel odd when I pick-up my children from school. Am I paranoid? I get the feeling that the little clicks of certain mommies are watching me walk by and making comments after I've passed. How old am I again?

I didn't grow up in this neighborhood but I did live in the same town. When I was young this neighborhood had a bad reputation. But as time passed gentrification changed the area a bit. Yes, there is a Starbucks. And yes, there are cute shops locally owned by wonderful artists. The "old-timers" aren't happy with these changes however. And I think most of them attend my children's school.

I guess I represent this "change" and I'm not appreciated for the fact that I get out of my pajamas to pick-up my girls from school. I have big-girl pants and I'm going to wear them!

Perhaps I'm not appreciated for the fact that I like to give my children hugs and kisses when I see them, not a "What the hell took you so long?" (I just want to grab those kids and hug them most of all.)

Well, if I make those mom's uncomfortable, so be it.

Maybe I'll wear my pearls when I go to pick-up my girls today ;->

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22 comments:

  1. Huh. Sounds to me like those other moms have nothing to be snooty about!! Yes, I say definitely wear your pearls and maybe stick that hair in a french twist, just for kicks. And I always stop to chat with the kids in Logan's class, just in case they don't get attention at home. I ALWAYS feel bad for those kids.

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  2. oh man!!! you really need to show up in those pearls, a little black cocktail dress and heels!
    that will show 'em!
    :)

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  3. Wear those pearls!

    I can relate but in a different way. I have always been so much older than most of the other parents, could not spend my days volunteering at school, and I am a single parent... so I never fit in with the parental cliques...

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  4. What kind of bizarre moms do you have there that look at you funny for hugging your kids? Imagine how they would look at me:)

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  5. Oh those dreaded Mommy Cliques!

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  6. Maybe they are just jealous that you are a good mom. :)

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  7. You are not paranoid, there are sadly, mommy cliques that become worse the older the kids get.

    Your children know you love them, that is all that matters. :)

    Pearls would look nice. :)

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  8. UGH
    Those women should emulate you... the only way to have a better life is to break the cycle. Sounds like they need to do so. Be proud of you and your big girl panties (and pearls too)

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  9. After a while you learn that they are more concerned with what you think about them and not what they really think about you.

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  10. I can associate with this - I live out of town and pick the children up once a week to take them for piano/dance lessons. The 'townies' (people who live in town) roll their eyes when any of the 'toffs' as I have been called (referring to those who live on properties working for themselves and many of the wives don't go to work- although quite a few help their husbands) turn up - we're definitely NOT welcome.
    But as far as I am concerned, that is THEIR problem. Go in with your pearls girl - head held high!!

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  11. Don't worry about their issues... I am learning that some Mom's are plain nuts and so miserable with their lives (they will try and take anyone down with them). Who needs pearls...just keep your distance and give them a BIG smile! The smile always kills them :)

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  12. You SHOULD make them uncomfortable. You know, if they feel guilty because you are a better Mom than they are, well so be it ;)
    Wear those pearls and be the awesome woman you are.

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  13. Wear the pearls! And heels! And shiny lipgloss! Rock the pick up, Ann!

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  14. here is all I can say, witchy girls just grown up to be witch women. You go girl!

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  15. Blech. Not looking forward to those days.

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  16. We have cliques in my daughter's school, as well as gymnastics class. The mommies who are dressed to the nines with perfect hair and nails and high heeled black boots when we have 10" of snow on the ground.

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  17. I had to laugh at this post Ann! Do you live near me?

    I don't fit in at all and then I again I don't want to either! LOL

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  18. I hear ya! We have the same kinda thing, but my thing is that everyone is ALWAYS so chipper and happy. Sometimes, I have to put on the fake smile to walk in the building and I don't want to talk to any other mothers. I just want to get my child. Instead, I have to carry on some fake conversation.

    Ok, it's not every time, but occasionally. We all have bad days, right?

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  19. GAWD ~ let me guess ... they happen to be on the PTA. Just smile and wave ... gets em every time. ;)

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  20. That's right lady. Be yourself and don't worry about them other huzzies.

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  21. The wonderful thing about being a slightly older mom (I am probably about 10 - 15 years older than most at my boys' school), I don't care much what they think. Just for giggles you should start going to PTO meetings. Sit in the back so you can see everyone. It's very enlightening!

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  22. I say they are jealous of a good mom...
    wear the pearls, I wear mine all the time, just for fun.

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